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Type D-2(a) Aerial Bomb Tail Fuze - Navy   (Japanese Designation Unknown)

Above, Safe (left) and Armed condition. The air vane stops travel at the end of the arming spindle.

An example of a type of bomb that used the D-2 type fuze. (100lb class)

The Type D-2(a) bomb tail fuze is one of three variations (A, B & C), similar in style and function. It is a clockwork time-delay mechanism designed for aerial burst incendiary bombs. The graduated timing ring turns to select the time delay (seconds) and is adjusted before the bomb is mounted to the plane. A set screw locks the ring in place. Since the time delay is not adjustable after take-off, a pre-determined bomb run altitude is required so the bomb detonates at the correct elevation, usually about 100 to 175 feet above the target. After the bomb is dropped, the wind vane is free to turn and spins up to a stop on a spring-loaded shaft which unlocks the timing mechanism. (Unlike the B-3 Series tail fuze, this wind vane remains attached.) A spring-driven clock then runs and turns a timing rotor at a predetermined rate. When the timer completes its travel, mechanisms automatically actuate the firing pin.
There is a centrifugal safety which arms only after the bomb is spinning at 1000rpm, (similar to anti-aricraft artillery fuzes). Angled fins on the bomb cause this rotation.
This type fuze was introduced prior to 1940.

D-2 Cutaway Diagram D-2 Components


Serial Number with the Kanji symbol "Ko", probably signifying "Aerial" or "Air Service".
Same as found on the Type 2 Sub-Munition.

Imperial Naval Anchor and the Kana symbol "To" in a circle

Here are the remains of the label on the time fuze
and next, a phtoto of a complete one

In vertical columns, right to left:
to-kei hatsu-jo ma-i-te a-ru
"Clock Spring is Wound Up"

Thank you Yanaka & Teri!

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