German bomb encountered during drainage works near former army base
An unexploded German bomb dropped during World War 2 has been unearthed at a site in Bordon, Hampshire. It was discovered by contractors whilst digging at the SANG drainage works on Hogmoor Road.
A 200m radius exclusion zone was set up as a precaution. An army explosive ordnance disposal team then carried out a controlled explosion on the device. This suggests it was not possible to safely defuse the bomb.
Prior to destruction, army Royal Engineers constructed a “blast igloo” around the device, using 300 tonnes of sand.
Taking a closer look at the UXO
From the photograph, the weapon appears to be of the SC50 (50kg) casing type. It could also have been a 41kg or 34kg incendiary / high explosive bomb. These two types used the same size casing (SC50) as the standard 50kg high explosive bomb.
Bordon Camp was a vast army complex, comprising several individual barracks. During WWII it would have been easily identifiable from the air as a military base. Anecdotal evidence suggests it was indeed identified by the Luftwaffe as a target and raided several times.
This comes just weeks after an evacuation in south-west London, caused by a German 250kg bomb. This munition was also deemed too sensitive to move and had to be blown up in-situ.