AB 23 SD 2 Container

Over-All Length: 43.5 in.
Body Length: N/A
Body Diameter: 8.0 in.
Wall Thickness: N/A
Tail Length: N/A
Tail Width: 11 in.
Total Weight: 101 lb. estimated
Filling: 23 SD2 bombs; strips of metal coated paper.
Fuzing: (79) A; (79) B

SUSPENSION: Horizontal by means of an "eye" bolt.
COLOR AND MARKINGS: The body is painted dark green and has two red bands running longitudinally the length of the tail fins. Between th tail fins and suspension lugs are stencilled the following letters:
(79) B
o.V. fur 1000 bis 1900 M
M.V. fur 1900 bis 2500 M 2 cmal 42
In large black letters: AB23SD2.
Between the fuze pocket and nose, in white:
79A Fur
m.V. fur 1000 bis 1900 M
Settings for fuzes are also stenciled on bomb.

CONSTRUCTION: The container holds 6 bombs in the forward compartment and 17 in the after compartment. Compartments are created by sheet metal discs held in place by steel rods. The case is divided into tow halves longitudinally. When the bombs are placed in the container, these two halves are held together by a shear wire which passes through a teel anvil, in the lower part of the fuze pocket. When the aerial burst fuze operates, this wire is sheared by the explosion of the small exploder under the fuze. The case opens and allows the bombs to fall out. The fuze pocket is surrounded by a row of rivets which hold the steel washer in place to support the pocket.
    By removing the two bulkheads on either side of the fuze pocket, these containers can be employed to drop strips of metal coated paper for disrupting radar operations.

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)