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#1 MWalsh

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 05:57 PM

This snapshot is in a small photo album I recently obtained. The man started out in the Air Corps as an enlisted man earlier in WW2, then late in the war went to OCS and got a commission as a Chemical officer. Many of the pics in the album are from his OCS and NBC schools time periods.

I for the life of me cannot ID the weapon in this photo though. I thought at first "Japanese knee mortar", then decided that was not it.

Anyone have any idea what this one is???

Thanks!
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#2 MWalsh

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 05:57 PM

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:48 AM

Could it be a US made catapult to throw smoke or gas grenades?

#4 Rakkasan187

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:51 AM

Looks like some type of launcher for a grapling hook, or other climbing equipment. :dunno:

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:55 AM

It evidently works on the spigot principle...ie energy from a compressed spring. I kind of agree with Leigh's suggestion.

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#6 dale

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 07:12 AM

maybe they took pics during experimental phase??maybe it never made it into combat??

#7 Darktrooper

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 08:17 AM

He was in the AAF, possibly a clay pigeon launcher for gunnery training?


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