Pompey News: "Portsmouth Bomb Squad Called To V-2 Missile Found In Suffolk"

#6
Bastards never told us that at Ganges when we had to row pussers whalers around Harwich Harbour, I think I'm entitled to the Diamond Jubilee medal like that other geezer who served his country in dangerous places (although his was the wardroom pantry).
 
#7
Bastards never told us that at Ganges when we had to row pussers whalers around Harwich Harbour, I think I'm entitled to the Diamond Jubilee medal like that other geezer who served his country in dangerous places (although his was the wardroom pantry).
We are at least entitled to the GSM!
 

wet_blobby

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#9
Get fucked with defusing that!!!!!

A complete V2 ?

Much, much, much respect to the poor sods dealing with that. Shit, that'll be something to put on the old bomb disposal CV.
 
#11
They won't be "defusing" nowt oppo. They will, providing the main fill is intact,be smacking it in situ, hence the massive cordon. Bearing in mind it's a rocket (and not a missile as stated) the Low Explosive charge (the propulsion) should be nicely burnt out due to the distance it has travelled. This should then leave the main HE charge of 2000lb.

Bearing in mind bomb teams regularly destroy GC and GG German WW2 mines this main charge is not much different. GC's contain 1500 and GG's 1750. So not that much difference. Biggest problem is when we deal with those they are nicely tamped in 15m+ of water. This V2 job as stated by Dan Herridge (OIC SDU2) will not be a quick overnight job. I see it was mentioned that people moored boats to it so there might be an option to destroy at high tide. Will need to get the EOD books out for that calculation. Best option would be to tow it, but looking at the state of the casing can't see it lifting itself out of the mud. (Don't want to lose it again do we!)

My option for what it's worth- Tamp it with 1000's of sandbags (again get the books out) and wait for the high tide. Big job and good luck the BDO dealing with it.
 

wet_blobby

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#13
That's a whole lot of love...........


**** that.



I'm happy to be associated with those big girls blouses that clip Apaches to their belt order. :) That's brave enough for me.
 
#16
Frogman007

Is there any way when you are dealing with an object like this of establishing just how volatile it is, perhaps using some specialised kit?

I'm reading all the articles with interest and observing how the team is going about dealing with this, but am worried by the thought that it may be more volatile than people think and that it might go off as it is being moved. Is there a way of knowing how likely it is to explode before you move it?
 
#17
That's because you're behind the curve NG! The RE's are digging it out. Dan has asked for help from Wimbish to eventually lift it out to sea.
I know that and it's good to see. I have drawn this to the attention of my Sapper mates.

However, my comment referred to BFBS's normal habit of avoiding mentioning 'Royal Navy' (apart from crediting the photo) if they can possibly help it. Read the article again and you will see that any casual reader would assume that SDU2 is an Army unit and Dan is an Army Lt.
 
#18
Sol bottom line not really. You could look for exudation etc ie the leaking of materials from explosives but in the environment it is in unlikely. Not really up on my V2 initiation systems but after all this time I would imagine the dets are so degraded that would render them useless. That said the day you get cocky in the EOD world....
 

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