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Can anybody provide some other evidence for the claim that the 'live' bomb used as a gate guard would have "have flattened the entire air base, and much of northern Lincoln (including its cathedral)"?
I know the area reasonably well having driven down the A15 and in to Lincoln more times than I care to remember and I find the idea that 4 tonnes of torpex would have levelled an area at least 8 miles in diameter unlikely to say the least. OK... It's a very big bomb but I think somebody is getting a little bit carried away with themselves.
I know it's hard to make comparisons between two totally dissimilar cities but according to wikipedia the bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a radius of 'total destruction' of around 1 mile. Is it really credible that a ground-burst 4 tonne bomb would cause such carnage to a city of brick and stone when an air-burst 15kilotonne nuclear device did so little (relatively speaking) to a city of paper and wood?? 126.96.36.199 (talk) 23:51, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
I lived on the base in the late 70's and never heard this story, so I quite doubt it's veracity. As to the supposed destructive power of the bomb, utter BS, it's 5 miles from Lincoln to Scampton, so there's no way a conventional bomb could destroy buildings that far away. When I later lived in Welton, that village was on the edge of the 'total destruction zone' for a 20Kt Nuclear warhead, and three miles away.
I'm not sure where the school was in the 50's, in my day though the infants' school playground was right next to the Lancaster, so if the school was in the same location then, I doubt they'd place live ordnance nearby, or indeed, fail to check for that if the school was a later addition. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Phlogistician (talk • contribs) 12:10, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
- From the Grand Slam Artilcle:
- Bielefeld, 14 March 1945
- The No. 617 Squadron RAF Avro Lancaster of Squadron Leader CC Calder dropped the first Grand Slam bomb from 11,965 ft (3,647 m) on the Schildesche viaduct. More than 100 yards of the Bielefeld viaduct collapsed through the earthquake bomb effect of the Grand Slam and Tallboy bombs of No. 617 Squadron. No aircraft were lost.
- Arnsberg, 19 March 1945
- 19 Lancasters of No. 617 Squadron, six carrying Grand Slams, the remainder Tallboys, attacked the railway viaduct at Arnsberg. All Grand Slams were dropped and blew a 40-foot (12 m) gap in the viaduct. The standing structure was severely damaged.
- Multiple Grand Slam bombs in operational use destroyed "more than 100 yards", or "40-foot gap". While the quoted source may claim a 5 mile destruction radius, that does not make it reliable.(If that was the case then the RAF would have dropped just one bomb close to a target and not bothered with precision bombing in the first place) I am removing journalistic sensationalism. IdreamofJeanie (talk) 15:08, 24 September 2014 (UTC)