RAF team detonates massive WWII bomb
A Military Operations news article
20 Aug 09
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team from RAF Wittering successfully detonated a live World War II bomb this week which was discovered near Pickering in North Yorkshire. Report by Leigh Morrison.
Aviation enthusiast Mr Ken Ward was investigating an old crash site on Sunday 16 August 2009 and while he was digging he found the 500lb (227kg) bomb.
Local police called the Joint EOD Task Group in Didcot and the Army team from Catterick then attended the scene. Upon discovering that it was an airborne bomb, 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron based at RAF Wittering, comprising of Sergeant Dave Fry and Corporal Chris Ball, was re-tasked to the site where they confirmed that the device was live.
Two nearby villages, Ebberston and Allerston, were completely evacuated which resulted in around 1,000 people leaving the area for their personal protection...
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