October 28, 2003


A trainload of parachute bombs arrives at an RAF bomber station
to be loaded aboard waiting Hampden bombers. Dropped by
parachute, a bomb's rate of descent slowed markedly and struck
the target nose-first, so it would detonate with more destructive
force to each side (rather than most of the impact being absorbed
by the earth or traveling upward), causing more blast damage,
especially in built-up areas. Both Allied and Axis air forces
used them. ACME News photo dated February 5, 1943.