MK-15 PRACTICE BOMB
Practice Bombs of WWII

© Jerry Penry



MK-15 PRACTICE BOMB


The MK-15 was a 100-lb. practice bomb used by the United States Navy. According to OP 1280 "Aircraft Bombs" that was published by the Navy on 17 February 1945, the MK-15 MOD 2 was in service at that time. One of the most popular practice bombs seen for sale on Internet sites such as eBay is the MK-15 MOD 4. Most of these seem to be VietNam era bombs due to the 1960's date in the stenciling. The latter is a modification of the MK-15 MOD 2.

The MK-15 was made of welded sheet metal. The empty weight was 17 lbs. A water-filled bomb of 4.55 gallons weighed 56 lbs. while a wet sand filled bomb weighed 95 lbs. Under icing conditions, a mixture of anti-freeze could be used instead of water. The overall length was 41.2 inches with a maximum body dimension of 8.0 inches.



Typical stamping on the MK-15 MOD 4 practice bomb.



End view of the MK-15 MOD 4.




The nose showing the cotter pin and the firing pin assembly.




Side door on later models of the MK-15 used to fill the practice bomb.



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