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Drop tank

Discussion in 'All Hands Club & Canteen Discussion Area' started by Dnalor, Sep 16, 2017.

  1. Dnalor

    Dnalor Member

    Can you help identifying a drop tank?
    Most probably it was a USAAF drop tank.

    1 Full length. Only one half. Smoth surace. Nose smashed.
    Forgot to take the measures.
    2 A writing on the tank, not really legible Can you? (CAUTION MUSTANG?)
    3 Supply
    4 An opening ca. in the middle
    5 Segments inside
    6 Could it be ?: CAUTION MUSTAN ? amplified

    Can you confirm a drop tank and assign this former drop tank to a special war plane?

    Many thx for your contributions


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  2. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  3. billrunnels

    billrunnels Active Member

    Where was the tank found?
  4. RSwank

    RSwank Well-Known Member

    I think the message is the first line of a longer warning, something like "Caution Mount Tank"? or "Caution Mount Supply"? I don't think tanks were made for specific aircraft types, so it would not say "Mustang". There is a series of photos here of Firestone made items and about halfway down, just below the Rocket Launch Tubes are some drop tanks. I can't quite make out the Caution Message in the photo, but it appears there is an arrow pointing to the top of the tank on the left side of the Caution Message. When I blow up the photo, the message becomes too blurry for me to read.
    The top rear of the tank is where the feed/supply line to the plane usually attached, so the Caution probably relates to some aspect of that connection.

    Last edited: Sep 18, 2017
  5. billrunnels

    billrunnels Active Member

    On 03/15/1945 I witnessed our P-51 escort drop their wing tanks. Our target was the German High Command Headquarters at Zossen south of Berlin. Shortly before reaching the IP and taking a southern heading on the bomb run, a B-24 exploded after making a drop on Berlin. Our Bomber Stream support aircraft dropped their wing tanks and headed in that direction. Bandits had been reported in the area. Our escort was close enough that I could see the tanks falling with some fuel spilling out. I assume they were metal tanks as they were carried all the way to the target area. It would be interesting if a former fighter pilot would pick up on this thread and share the operation procedure for metal vs paper tanks. I would assume the fuel in the drop tanks would be used for take off before switching to the main tank. When we had completed our drop they were waiting for us and continued their escort service on our way back.
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2017
  6. Airwar

    Airwar Well-Known Member

  7. Dnalor

    Dnalor Member

    Dear Contributors,

    thx a lot for your effort. I try a sumary on your appreciated replies:

    Air War: This draft is matching an important fact. It shows a hole (supply) ca in the middle of the bottom half, also seen on my foto.

    Bill Runnesl: The tank was found in the Alps of Zillertal (Ziller Valey) in Tyrol, Austria. Probably the upper half was completely smashed and therefore thrown away.

    RSwank: Yes, the message is hard (ly) to read on my foto as well as on the link you forwarded. On my foto the CAUTION ..text is to be found on the bottom half (dow/-lower half?) of the tank. There is no top rear .
    The text there is red. Good to see the pale text image too with its technical specifications.

    Bill Runnels: A thrilling episode you are reporting. I am not sure if the escort planes dropped their empty tanks or still half filled to get rid of them for better fighting. I´ll ask a fighter pilot in Seatle, if he has experience with various drop tanks.

    Air War: Cannot open the first link, as for Face book etc only.
    Those paper drop tanks look nice, like little Zeppelins. Never heard that one survived in our region up to now.


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