WW2 Treasure Hunters – Episode 7 ‘Bomb factory’

Not a great title I admit, as it was hardly a factory at all! In my defence, I had nothing to do with any of the titles! However, the RAOC did dispose of 30,000 tons of old ordnance from around Loughborough in the months/years following the end of WW2.

This was a ridiculously dangerous job, with Peter Peters, veteran of the site, telling us some incredible stories that we didn’t have time to show on the program. For instance, how he was inspecting an item of ordnance when the arming tape fell away from the fuze, leaving it primed and ready to go, and him standing there trying not to move. A No 247 ‘Always’ fuze, it was incredibly sensitive and he had to shout at his comrades to evacuate the building, then walk 100 yards to the disposal pit whilst trying to hold the item steady! One false move and he was ………….  😦

This was one of my favourite episodes to film and the finished product really did the site great justice. A patch of England that had incredible importance during and after the war, but one that has been forgotten with the passage of time.

We only got to show a few of the finds during the show itself, so here is everything we recovered. Please bear in mind that ALL LIVE ORDNANCE was handing in to Loughborough Police, and I have retained the hand in slip for reference.

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Group shot of finds
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Group shot of finds
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Group shot of finds
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Group shot of finds
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Group shot of finds
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Group shot of finds
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Group shot of finds
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303 cartridge cases and drill rounds
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20mm cartridge cases
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service ignitor, safety fuze, perscussion Mk III
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PIAT launcher cartridges
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Buckle, lighter and padlock
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Buttons and a thinble
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Coins
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Cap badges
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Cutlery
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toiletry tubes and boot polish
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Various webbing buckles
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Buttons
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coins
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tracer transport nut and PIAT launcher cartridges
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Coins
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303 cartridge cases and safety cap off a 2inch mortar
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Close up of a tracer element transport cap
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Close up of a tracer element transport cap
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buttons
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Lighter and padlocks
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various buckles
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coins
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General service button
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Remains of a bracelet
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Lid from a gun cotton container
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Transport cap from an artillery shell fuze and 303s

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piece of no 3 fuze from a British Mk 5 anti-tank mine
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no 3 fuze from a British Mk 5 anti-tank mine
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Base of a 40mm Bofors shell
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Tracer element transport plug from a large calibre artillery shell
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Tracer element transport plug from a large calibre artillery shell
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Tracer element transport plug from a large calibre artillery shell

2 comments

    • Pleased to share the finds. We just didn’t have enough air-time to show everything, hence why I posted these blogs 🙂

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