Bombing Experiments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy. – in the House of Commons on 28th March 1928.

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Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

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asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether the experiments to ascertain the effect on a ship s structure of aeroplane bombs exploding under water have been carried out with the largest size bombs against the hulls of actual ships of modern construction; if not, whether it is intended to carry out such experiments; and can he give names of the ships used for purposes of recent experiments of this nature?

Photo of Mr William Bridgeman Mr William Bridgeman , Oswestry

The latest experiment to ascertain the effect on a ship's structure of aeroplane bombs exploded below water was carried out against the "Monarch" with a portion of the side reconstructed to represent the most recent design of underwater protection. The charge used was 2,000 lbs., corresponding to a bomb of about 4,000 lbs.

Photo of Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy Commander Hon. Joseph Kenworthy , Kingston upon Hull Central

Would the right hon. Gentleman, without detriment to the public interest, give the result of these experiments?