Munition Identification Assistance

A reader emailed the following pictures looking for a positive identification on the following munition:



Guidelines for OCONUS OBOD Ranges

Question submitted by an anonymous reader:

Unnamed ONCONUS Location I'm in the process of drafting a proposal to establish a new UXO disposal site and I'm trying to find some references for the requirements that would need to be met and whatever site permitting/licensing requirements there are for a DoD installation on property leased from a foreign nation. I'm assuming DDESB is the authority on site permits for explosive disposal.

The purpose of the UXO disposal site is to dispose of old WWII era munitions (i.e., remnants from the war) that turn up on occasion.


Ordnance Identification Assistance

Question Submitted by Paul C. McCarren, reader.

Ohio Two weeks ago, a 6 year old boy found an ordnance item (shown below) in a creek bed while hiking with his family. The family was hiking in a wildlife area over 30 miles away from a military area or known FUDS.

The family reported the find to local authorities who BIP'd the item. The identification of the item was not released but was reported as 'inert'.


Ordnance or Aircraft Part

Question Submitted by Lee Johnson, reader.

While researching the site of a Lockheed Lodestar crash, we located this unusually shaped object. Although this was a WWII aircraft crash site, the object appears to predate that era due to the rough cast iron 'casing'. We originally thought it was part of the aircraft until cleaning revealed what appears to be a brass 'fuse' plug on the 'front' end.


Munitions ID Assistance

A UXO Technician deployed in an undisclosed international location took pictures of the following munition items while deployed on assignment. They appear to be Chinese Type 84 scatterable mines but second opinions are being sought as well as any additional technical specifications on the munitions.



Identification Assistance

Alberta, Canada A reader working on a project last month sorting scrap metal which included munitions debris came across an item that the team could not positively identify. Pictures of the unknown item are shown below including its projectile shape body with a threaded base plug. The scrap material where the item was found in is believed to be from Canadian Forces Base Suffield, Canada's largest military training base.



UXO History Question

The following question was received by a reader for posting:

"In the 1940's British bomb disposal units were split into two team types: Removal teams and Sterilization teams. What were the differences in duties and responsibilities of the two teams? Please define removal and sterilization as it pertained to British Bomb disposal procedures in the 1940's."


Question From User

Question - "Does anyone have any advice, or can they identify a reliable source, regarding the average/accepted Circular Error Probable (CEP) for dumb bombs dropped by B52 and other US aircraft during the Vietnam War - during Operation Rolling Thunder (to late 1968) and post-Operation Rolling Thunder?"


Question  Ordnance ID Help

This image was received from a UXO News Wire Service subscriber that wished to remain anonymous. He wanted to know what specific type of bomb is shown in the picture. It was reported that the item was just under 2 meters long and its casing was marked "MFP AMF YORK 0873". If you think you know the specific type or Mark / Mod number of this item please post it as a comment to the article. Thank you.

Question  Ordnance Identification Assistance

A question from Busselton, Australia -

"I am seeking advice about the appropriate response to an unidentified object that has the potential to be UXO. Having now carried out some research, I suspect it is some form of very old artillery shell (75 mm?)".


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