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In Świnoujście one of the largest bombs from the Second World War was found!

Media across the country are reporting about a powerful unexploded ordnance from World War II which was found at the bottom of the Piastowski Channel near Świnoujście. The English “Tallboy” bomb is one of the largest bombs that were dropped by the Allied air force. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are scenarios which
Published: September 24, 2019 - 17:01
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:36
In Świnoujście one of the largest bombs from the Second World War was found!

Media across the country are reporting about a powerful unexploded ordnance from World War II which was found at the bottom of the Piastowski Channel near Świnoujście. The English “Tallboy” bomb is one of the largest bombs that were dropped by the Allied air force. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are scenarios which speak of the evacuation of the entire city.

The found aerial bomb “Tallboy” is a monster weighing 5340 kg. During the Second World War, only the Avro Lancaster was able to drop bombs of this type. However, this heavy four-engine British bomber had to be specially prepared to carry the “Tallboy”. For this type of mission, the armament and armour of the aircraft had to be dismantled.

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The dangerous find was discovered on 16 September by employees of Seaterra, a German company specialising in finding such objects. The company was hired by the Maritime Office in Szczecin to check the bottom of the channel, before the planned deepening of the Szczecin-Świnoujście waterway.

A crisis management board convened at the West Pomeranian Governor’s office was to decide on Friday 20 September how to remove the object. Unfortunately, to date we know nothing about any action taken to neutralise the threat. No official information has been provided either.

The British bomb was located 100 metres from the Karsibór ferry crossing. The explosion caused by its detonation would be felt within a radius of several kilometres. In addition, the action of the “Tallboy” was so designed that the entire energy of the explosion was transferred to nearby objects, destroying them as if during an earthquake and making their repair very difficult and highly unprofitable.

The problem may not be limited to a single bomb. The “Tallboy” found is probably a remnant of a raid carried out on April 16, 1945. At that time RAF aircraft attempted to sink the German cruiser “Lützow”, which was located in the canal area. A total of 14 bombs of this type were dropped, some of which may still be lying on the bottom.

Source: defence24.pl

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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