I was at the National Archives in College Park MD today researching my Grandfathers bomber squadron and I came across these pics. Actually, I found A LOT of pics but this one stood out. (OK, actually A LOT of them stood out!) These look a bit longer than a conventional 500 pounder plus they have a more blunted nose. Can anyone tell us what they are?:
Conventional 500 pounders dropped from a different ship in this photo. The B-24's bomb load was normally 10 500 pound gravity bombs:
These pics were taken on November 5th 1944 on a mission over Vienna Austria. The top photo was taken from a B-24 from the 455th Bomb Group, 740th Squadron, tail number #951. The bottom pic was taken from a B-24 from the 455th Bomb Group, 742nd Squadron, tail #105.
These are not from my Grandfathers bird though. He was on a mission over Mitrovica, Yugoslavia that same day but unfortunately there were no pictures taken. I do have pics of bombs dropped from his plane on different missions though. He was with the 455th BG, 741st Squadron "Vulgar Vultures" and from what I can tell from records, flew the B-24 on at least 37 missions out of San Giovanni Italy.
I'm pretty sure these pics have never been published and they are de-classified.