Parachute-Borne Fragmentation Bombs in Action
Terrific Damage was Wrought, on Japanese airfields by U.S. Army Air Forces during a raid on Buru Island, near Celebes, in the battle for New Guinea in July 1944. A few seconds after this photograph was taken a direct hit completely shattered the grounded and camouflaged Japanese plane in the foreground. Describing these new "parafrag" bombs, General Henry H. Arnold, head of the U.S. Army Air Force, declared: "They break into 1,000-1,500 pieces, each weighing about .3 oz. and having velocities up to 4,000 ft. per second." Their design enables low-flying bombing to be carried out with extraordinary accuracy. Photo, Associated Press.