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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:32 am 
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PC 500 (D500 E and D500 L)


Over-All Length: (E) 69.2 in.; (L) 78.8 in.
Body Length: (E) 42.3 in.; (L) 53.8 in.
Body Diameter: (E) 15.6 in.; (L) 15.0 in.
Wall Thickness:
(E) 1.4 in. wall, 9.0 in. point
(L) 0.9 in. wall, 9.3 in. point
Tail Length: (E) 27.5 in.; (L) 30.5 in.
Tail Width: (E) 15.5 in.; (L) 16.0 in.
Total Weight: 1,703 kg
(E) Cast TNT, Amatol 60/40; TNT and wax
(L) Cast TNT, TNT and Wax
Weight Of Filling: (E) 75 kg.; (L) 78 kg.
Charge/Weight Ratio: (E) 14%; (L) 19%
Fuzing: (E) 5 series; (L) 35
SUSPENSION: Horizontal by means of an "eye" bolt or T-type lug.
COLOR AND MARKINGS: Field grey or aluminum overall. Dark blue strip on tail cone.

CONSTRUCTION: There are two types of the PC 500: Type E and Type L. Both types have a one-piece forged steel body and one transverse fuze pocket. The fuze pocket is located aft of the horizontal suspension lug. The bomb is machined to accomodate a male type tail closing plug. The tail assembly can be either of sheet steel or magnesium alloy. The tail unit in either case is of the cylinder type. Both types have the sheet metal ring which is used for bracing the fins. The tail unit is secured to the bomb body by means of 12 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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How were they armed after release? If I understand correctly American bombs were armed after a certain number of revolutions of the little propeller.

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