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BDC 10 Cluster Container
Over-All Length: N/A
Body Length: N/A
Body Diameter: 10 in.
Tail Length: N/A
Tail Width: N/A
Total Weight: N/A
Filling: 5-SC10; 5-SD10A bombs
Fuzing: Z69 CII

CONSTRUCTION: Bombs are held together by a band of metal 5.5 inches wide, and by a double "spider" which hooks through their suspension lugs, the outer spider being connected to the safety pins by small chains. The top half of the band is attached to a beam carrying the suspension and a charging head similar to a Rheinmetall fuze head. A lead from one plunger in this head goes to a socket, and into this socket fits a plug from the release device. The lower half of the band is attached to the upper by wire hinges held together by two safety pins, one on each side. These pins are attached to the outer arming spider by small chains. The lower half of the band is split and held together by two "bottle screws" forming a means of tightening the band around the bombs during assembly.

OPERATION: On release from the aircraft an electric cap in the arming spider is fired; this, after a short delay, ignites a small charge which blows off the front spider, thus pulling out the safety pins of the individual bombs and also the safety pins which hold the band together. The bombs then seperate and arm as they fall. This carrier gives a much closer "pattern" on the ground than could be obtained by dropping the bombs in a stick.

All information for this entry were acquired from Army Technical manual TM 9-1985-2/Air Force Technical Order TO 39B-1A-9 GERMAN EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE (Bombs, Fuzes, Rockets, Land Mines, Grenades & Igniters)


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