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PD 500
PD 500 diagram
Type: Armor piercing bomb
Over-All Length: 6 ft. 11 in.
Body Length: 4 ft. 6.5 in.
Body Diameter: 11.0 in.
Wall Thickness: N/A
Tail Length: 2 ft. 6.5 in.
Tail Width: 1 ft. 11 in.
Total Weight: 500 kg. approx.

Filling: RDX/Wax/A1. The filling, designated 109, has previously been found in PC 1800 RS, associated with a nose filling block of nitroguanidine.
Weight Of Filling: 32 kg.
Charge/Weight Ratio: 6.4%
Fuzing: AZ (49) P5

SUSPENSION: Horizontal by means of an H-type lug.
COLOR AND MARKINGS: Sky blue over-all with a red stripe on tail cone..
REMARKS: Thie bomb is stated to be intended for attacking armored targets, especially warships. It is dropped in horizontal flight from a height of at least 11,500 ft. The penetration of armor is stated to be 5.5 inches, increased in later models to 6.25 inches. It is of two-piece construction. The leads from the charging head traverse through a machined hole in the drawn steel bomb body.

CONSTRUCTION: The body of the PD 500 is constructed of drawn steel. Compared to the weight of the bomb, it has a very small explosive cavity. In place of the normal transverse fuze pocket, there is a charging head. Electrical leads pass from the charging head to the fuze which is found in the base plate. The magnesium alloy tail unit is screwed to the base of the bomb with 24 screws.

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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