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Bat bomb (wikipedia.org)
18 points by reimertz on Sept 7, 2017 | hide | past | favorite | 4 comments



If that was interesting to you, I recommend taking a look at Louis F. Fieser's (yes, the Harvard chemistry professor) book "The Scientific Method: A Personal Account of Unusual Projects in War and in Peace".

It has a first-hand account of Bat Bomb testing, as well as accounts of developing more effective weapons of World War II.

http://library.sciencemadness.org/library/books/the_scientif...


It's nice to imagine that the bats probably would have died instantly and painlessly (although I'm sure they didn't enjoy having the bomb, timer, and detonator attached to their bodies).


> Lovell also mentioned that bats during testing were dropping to the ground like stones

I think it wouldn't have been a particularly pleasant experience for them before that point, haha


> The bats incinerated the test range and roosted under a fuel tank.

Does that mean they survived? I'd really hate to think that they were unwitting kamikaze bombers.




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