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WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:20 pm

A bomb from WW2 exploded on the A3 Autobahn close to Aschaffenburg, while extension works of that motorway took place. One worker was killed, several cars were damaged by debris, the construction engine was completely destroyed...

It regularly happens that bombs from WW2 which didn't explode are found, but I have never heard of one exploding so far. A tragic accident...
 
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:30 pm

When I lived in Wiesbaden in the 1980s we would occasionally dispatch our EOD personnel to deal with unexploded ordnance.

My sympathies to the worker's family . . .  tombstone 

Another casualty of WW2.
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:31 pm

Just goes to prove how war affects far beyond the actual fighting. Tragic and unnecessary but I suppose inevitable, given the amount of ordnance dropped.

How many years will it be before we stop digging up dangerous stuff like this?

Sympathies go out to the poor man killed and his family.

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Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:36 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 2):
How many years will it be before we stop digging up dangerous stuff like this?

Probably forever.
Very sad to hear about the deaths in this accident, but thankfully, in the majority of cases dug-up bombs can be defused. Just last friday, 2 phosphorus bombs were dug up on a construction site in a densly populated neighborhood of Hamburg. Lord knows what could have happened if those weren't already inop.
 
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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 7:53 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 2):
How many years will it be before we stop digging up dangerous stuff like this?

Seemingly forever. Here in the UK they always seem to be digging them up at various city building sites round the country.

Just goes to show the number of bombs that were actually dropped during the war. I've never seen actual estimated figures but i suspect the numbers would be incredible.
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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:07 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 4):
Seemingly forever. Here in the UK they always seem to be digging them up at various city building sites round the country.

Not just city, about 5 years ago we had two dug up in our small commuter town while they were building a new school.

In the end they had to detonate both, for some godawful reason they did one at 5am on a Sunday, and the other one about 11am the same day. Now those were loud bangs!
 
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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:12 pm

Newest update, it is still uncertain what has happened, but they think it is a bomb. The 20 ton machine (around 400 000 lbs) was split into two parts, debris flew more than 500 metres (1500 feet) around. I think a WW2 bomb is the most likely result.

A tragic accident, but it seems that despite the tragic, it could have been much worse, given the fact that this is one of the stretches where there is most traffic...
 
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:22 pm

Does anyone know, what strategic installations were located in the vicinity of this bombing site during the Second World War? It would be highly unusual if a bomb of this magnitude would have been dropped on an Autobahn (and I even don't know, if the A3 was already built during the early 1940's).
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:26 pm

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 7):
It would be highly unusual if a bomb of this magnitude would have been dropped on an Autobahn

Well given US levels of bombing accuracy  duck .

It surely wouldn't have been a British one  Wink
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:27 pm

 tombstone  to the worked who died.

Probably, he never thought he would be a WW2 victim...
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:28 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 8):
It surely wouldn't have been a British one

Depends if Skidmarks and Banco were the crew. I hear they accidentally bombed Canvey Island once in 1942!
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:30 pm

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 10):
Depends if Skidmarks and Banco were the crew. I hear they accidentally bombed Canvey Island once in 1942!

Yes well Skidz shouldn't have been flying. He was only the regimental mascot in the RAF you know  Wink
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:34 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 11):
He was only the regimental mascot in the RAF you know

Well with the personnel shortages and all they accepted pretty much anybody back then!

Still, ANCFlyer was turned down.
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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 8:44 pm

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 7):
and I even don't know, if the A3 was already built during the early 1940's

Well, parts of the A3 were, in fact, built before the end of WW2, it is one of the oldest motorways. The part between Cologne and Frankfurt was finished before the war, what can be seen on the steep hills of the track. When it was extended, they kept the existing track, only broadened it instead of reconstructing the road, so it is a lot of fun to drive. Some bridges were destroyed in the last days of the war and reconstructed after the war.

However, the part between Aschaffenburg and W�rzburg is not that old, I think.
 
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:01 pm

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 13):
However, the part between Aschaffenburg and W�rzburg is not that old, I think.

This makes it even more mysterious, how a bomb could be found this low under the surface.
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:10 pm

This is tragic.

I have seen a documentary about construction in Berlin and there are companies whose sole purpose is to search and, if found, destroy old unexploded bombs prior to any construction. Berlin has a high water table and crappy soil conditions so these bombs are embedded in the earth quite deep.
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:23 pm

Off hand I cannot tell how old this part is, but the A5 between Frankfurt and Darmstadt existed before WWII and the "Frankfurter Kreuz" interchange between the A3 and 5 did as well. The A3 continues into Bavaria passing Aschaffenburg and these exits, especially Goldbach and Hoesbach have been "old style" long into the 90s. So it may very well be a pre-war section. The bomb must not have been directly undernetah the surface, the road working machine was a rotary hoe and they cause a lot of vibration which must have eventually lead to the explosion.

Not too many military targets in that vicinity, except railway lines and bridges across the river Main. Frankfurt, Hanau, Offenbach had been the targets as well as Wuerzburg on the other side of the Spessart mountains.

The A3 will likely be closed in both directions until Tuesday evening,
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:36 pm

Latest news is that they are not even sure if it was a WWII bomb, could have been another explosive device as well. Reason - quote "the explosion was not that massive" unquote, Massive enough to split a rotary hoe into 2 large and many smaller pieces and have these flying around up to 500 metres.

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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:38 pm

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 10):
Depends if Skidmarks and Banco were the crew. I hear they accidentally bombed Canvey Island once in 1942!

Out of order, spotty youth! This is a serious thread and should be treated as such.


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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:41 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 18):
So stfu

Ah you're talking the language of the kids I see now Andy. Picked a fair bit up from the boyz while you cruise Douglas seafront in your chaved-up Saxo did you ?  Wink
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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:44 pm

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 7):
Does anyone know, what strategic installations were located in the vicinity of this bombing site during the Second World War?

Not necessarily any facility there . . . a wounded B-17 could simply have unloaded it's bomb load in hopes of lightening the ship so it could make it back across the channel.

Of course, if that section of the Autobahn was already built, it could have been a target itself . . . just like a railroad line.
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:45 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 16):
Not too many military targets in that vicinity, except railway lines and bridges across the river Main. Frankfurt, Hanau, Offenbach had been the targets as well as Wuerzburg on the other side of the Spessart mountains.

There are many reasons for that being there, the major one being that if the bomber concerned had difficulties (like an Ju-88 nightfighter up his rear end) he may have jettisoned his load there. Which begs the question, are there any more around the vicinity?

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Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:46 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 18):
Out of order, spotty youth! This is a serious thread and should be treated as such.

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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:57 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 20):
a wounded B-17 could simply have unloaded it's bomb load in hopes of lightening the ship so it could make it back across the channel.

not to mention if they did have to crash land at an airfield it would have been wise to have removed the bombs first.......
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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 9:58 pm

Quoting Skidmarks (Reply 21):
There are many reasons for that being there, the major one being that if the bomber concerned had difficulties (like an Ju-88 nightfighter up his rear end) he may have jettisoned his load there. Which begs the question, are there any more around the vicinity?

That is certainly a possibility, but if we start wild guessing we will never find the true reason.

There was just another report on local radio and from what they say the hole is 8 m wide and about 2,50 deep and that was certainly not a fire cracker making such a hole. The expert will find out and that is one of the reasons why they shut donw that part of the Autobahn for more than 24 hrs. Pretty messy traffic situation around Frankfurt.

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RE: WW2 Bomb Explodes On The Autobahn - One Dead

Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:14 pm

Newest reports say 18km (11miles) traffic jam in one direction, 5km in the other direction... There are alternative routes available, but these are already under huge pressure normally, so that there will be huge disturbances in the north-south traffic...
 
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:18 pm

Just for statistics - they found 200 tons of ordnance across Germany last year alone.
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:22 pm

I once read that one of six bombs dropped on Germany did not explode... I am quite surprised by this statistic, why were these bombs so bad? Or did some of them not explode on purpose? They certainly are dangerous as hell now, as their explosive content is still as dangerous as in the 1940s...
 
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:35 pm

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 27):
I once read that one of six bombs dropped on Germany did not explode... I am quite surprised by this statistic, why were these bombs so bad

there was no need to give out a warranty, so they could actually be a bit sloppy, as long as the bombs left the factory in one piece.

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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:41 pm

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 27):
I once read that one of six bombs dropped on Germany did not explode... I am quite surprised by this statistic, why were these bombs so bad? Or did some of them not explode on purpose? They certainly are dangerous as hell now, as their explosive content is still as dangerous as in the 1940s...

Main reason is they were dropped onto soft ground, nothing to cause it to explode.
 
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:43 pm

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 26):
Just for statistics - they found 200 tons of ordnance across Germany last year alone.

 Wow! That's an incredible statistic.
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:47 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 30):
Wow! That's an incredible statistic.

Look at this:

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2005-05/04/content_439409.htm
 
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:48 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 30):
That's an incredible statistic.

Are you looking at the amount of food JGPH1A goes through in a year or how many pairs of slippers Skidmarks wears out?

Or; how many people I annoy each day!
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:49 pm

Quoting Cornish (Reply 30):
That's an incredible statistic

When you think about the amount of ordnance the Allies dropped in WW II then maybe not. If 1 in 6 didn't explode then thats a hell of a lot of unexploded nasties lurking around.

And, as we see from this instance, it only takes one to cause tragedy and chaos.

Fingers crossed this is a one off.

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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:55 pm

Putting out a tender for an ordnance search is actually a standard routine in any larger construction projects here in Germany and neigboring countries. I have personally project managed such a search at a large airport in Austria, which had been used as a Heinkel factory in WW2 - however, the contractor did not find any bombs, "just" huge 3x3x3 m blocks of concrete, which must have been part of an underground production plant, which was rumored to have been situated on this airport's property in the 40'ies.

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Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:57 pm

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 32):
Are you looking at the amount of food JGPH1A goes through in a year or how many pairs of slippers Skidmarks wears out?

Or; how many people I annoy each day!

Actually you're right, compared to THESE statistics, 200 tons of ordnance is a mere drop in the ocean.

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 31):
Look at this:

Thanks - very interesting. Its not so much the figures themselves, its the sheer scale over 60 years after the end of the war in developed and densely populated countries that gets me.
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:01 pm

I just checked Wikipedia, which "only" states a 5% fail rate. More interesting, though, are the reasons why so many failed...

According to that article, some bombs were deliberately designed not to explode when they touched a roof of a building, because a larger extend of damage could be achieved by waiting until the bomb was closer to the earth.

Other bombs were simply designed not to explode, in order to remain dangerous on the ground, others failed because of technical malfunctions, others failed because they touched the ground in a bad angle, others failed because explosions of other bombs made them land in another angle and so on...

The article also states that some US bombs were designed to automatically disarm if they did not explode, so that they could be removed...

Pretty scary how much brain there is used for something as basic as a bomb. In any case, even if it were only 5% of all bombs that failed, that is quite a lot considering how much there was dropped in WW2.
 
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:12 pm

Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 36):

Of course don't forget as the war went on and production and resources were increasingly stretched by the war and massive demand for ordnance, the likelyhood that more bombs were built to a lesser standard or with lesser materials may have reduced their certainty to explode on impact.
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Mon Oct 23, 2006 11:50 pm

The police has issued a report after a thorough inspection of the site.

It was a 250 kg bomb (500 pounds), which gave a 2,5 m (8 foot) deep and 8 metres (24 foot) diameter crater. The bomb was from WW2.

The motorway is open again.
 
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:06 am

There is an excellent book called Danger: UXB which is in print. It describes the efforts of the British to disarm unexploded German ordnance and the efforts each side made to defeat the other. Occasionally they'd find bombs from the zeppelin raids of world war one.

In France the Demineurs (I believe they are a police unit) regularly dispose of large quantities of ordnance that dates from world wars one and two. Large numbers of artillery shells were used in the first world war and they're still dangerous, some being filled with mustard gas or lewisite. The duds bury themselves and slowly work their way to the surface.

I understand that there are regular fatalities in north Africa from unexploded ordnance and mines that were used in war two.

Here in the states I heard a story about a Virginia farmer who dug up the remains of a Civil War vintage rifle in a farm field. Deciding that it was a good piece of iron he attempted to weld to it, when the charge of powder ignited and the ball killed him. It was loaded, you see.
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:51 am

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 15):
I have seen a documentary about construction in Berlin and there are companies whose sole purpose is to search and, if found, destroy old unexploded bombs prior to any construction

I have sen that, very interesting.

I would think there may be some shells from WWI around too.

Back in the early 1990s there was a construction crew that found a cache of unexploded Civil war cannon balls in St. Louis, Missouri, near Jefferson Barracks. I remember reading about it in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and there was a photo of a bunch of rusty old cannon balls with some workers posing next to them.
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 12:58 am

The question was wasked why the ordnance was found in that area and the likely answer is that there used to be a lot of clothing industry around Goldbach /Aschaffenburg (still a few firms left) and they made uniforms during the war.

Which made them a target.
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:11 am

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 41):
and they made uniforms during the war.

Which made them a target.

Heh, its quite amazing the lengths each side went to justify the targets they chose  Smile

If I remember correctly, the Dresden firebombing was because the rail marshalling yards could be used to move military ordinance to the eastern front.
 
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:35 am

Quoting Cornish (Reply 8):
Well given US levels of bombing accuracy .

It surely wouldn't have been a British one

Exactly right. Since the Brits dropped theirs at night the majority landed in the ocean, a few rumored to have hit Denmark.
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:52 am

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 43):
Exactly right. Since the Brits dropped theirs at night the majority landed in the ocean, a few rumored to have hit Denmark.

And the Baltic Sea. The Isle of Usedom is often called Amber Island, but tourists are warned not to pick up amber found at the beach, because it could in fact be white phosporous from WWII incediary devices. Once dry, that nasty stuff ignites itself.
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 5:26 am

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 42):
If I remember correctly, the Dresden firebombing was because the rail marshalling yards could be used to move military ordinance to the eastern front.

Except for the central station, there was no rail property in the city of Dresden. The Church of Our Lady is build up again and it is magnificent and Dresden is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe again.

But that is too far off the topic, what happened today was a freak accident in which a poor fellow died, BTW- he came from Dresden.
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:06 am

Not that I dont believe you, but do you have a link to this story on the web?
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:44 am

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 46):
Not that I dont believe you, but do you have a link to this story on the web?

Sorry, it's not in English but there are a few pics:
http://www.br-online.de/bayern-heute...0610/23-explosion-auf-a3/index.xml
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:33 am

Quoting PanHAM (Reply 41):
The question was wasked why the ordnance was found in that area and the likely answer is that there used to be a lot of clothing industry around Goldbach /Aschaffenburg (still a few firms left) and they made uniforms during the war.

Which made them a target.

The question is more properly asked "What places in Germany did allied ordnance miss?" The place got pretty well plastered.

Amazing that explosives are as durable as they seem to be. They do get unstable as they age.
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Tue Oct 24, 2006 1:40 pm



Quite a scene. By any chance, does anyone know what type of helicopter is pictured here?

Speaking of ordinance, are there any statistics showing the distribution of unexploded ordinance throughout Europe? Obviously German will have a fairly high concentration. Central and Eastern Europe I'm sure have plenty as well.

One of my grandfathers reportadly buried an unexploded bomb in Poland. Perhaps something was lost in translation with that story. Might have been an AK EOD detail around Czestochowa. Not to unbelievable considering how much of that stuff was flying around.

Could we by any chance see an increase in such explosions as the remaining bombs decay, become unstable, and start going off? I'd certainly hope not. What goes into searcing for unexploded ordinance before construction projects; seismographs, radar imaging, etc?

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