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Corsair Rocket Details

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Hi,

 

I did a lot of searches about the same topic some years ago. So you're lucky!

This may help regarding the colors and markings:

 

5 inches HVAR rockets.

USN HVAR color: flat grey motor tube and olive drab warhead. USAF was Oxidized aluminum tubes and olive drab warhead. Steel-colored fuze.

Some examples of stencils:

On the side of the rocket motor (Horizontal black letters) or on the warhead (Horizontal white letters without the first line: 5.0 IN. ROCKET BODY MKI):

5.0 IN. ROCKET BODY MKI
BU. ORD. DR. No. 394567
CONTR NO. 5172 LOT 95
CDV INSP DMR

On left side of the rocket motor (Horizontal black letters):

5.0 IN. MOTOR MK10 MOD.6
BUORD. DR. NO 656724
CONT. NO. 11098 LOT 147
H.B.

On right side of the rocket motor (Horizontal black letters) or on the warhead (Horizontal white letters):

GR MK.16 MOD 0 BLJ LOT 1952
AMM LOT NO. RMDA 1517-54
CODE 5.00 710-0600-J
USE UP TO 120F ONLY

or another one seen on the body right side:

ROCKET MOTOR, MK 32 MOD 1
LOT: RA-H-1044
SAFE TEMPERATURE LIMITS
-40 TO + 120 F

On the warhead (Vertical white letters):

WARHEAD,
MK 6 MOD 1
TNT
LOT:PA-E-1366

Note: Vertical means that the text is written perpendiculalry (to the rocket axis).

 

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I hope this helps!

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1 hour ago, PhilB said:

Plus three different shaped warheads too.

 

One photo shows the earlier 3” rockets, a predecessor to the HVAR. The other one shows some of the shaped-charge AP/anti-tank HVAR’s being loaded on an F4U in Korea.   These were hurriedly deployed to counter NK T-34’s.    Pretty much disappeared later in the war.    

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Be careful however:  most of those photos are Korean War era (or later).  Not necessarily representative of WWII era HVARs.  This is a subject area that bears a LOT more research than has likely ever been done since HVARs were in the inventory.

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On 11/13/2018 at 1:05 AM, Finn said:

Found this one as well:

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Jari

This is probably a stretch but does anyone know if this (the red sealant over the rocket exhaust openings)  was accurate for an actual rocket?  I've seen a lot of warbirds with replica ordinance and often times, they take "artistic license" with details like these.   Given the quality of this picture, I'm guessing this is a replica HVAR and not the real deal.

 

Just trying to get all the small details correct. 

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On 11/13/2018 at 3:58 PM, Jennings Heilig said:

Be careful however:  most of those photos are Korean War era (or later).  Not necessarily representative of WWII era HVARs.  This is a subject area that bears a LOT more research than has likely ever been done since HVARs were in the inventory.

 

Yeah, I noticed that the color photo Finn posted was a Korean war era pic.  It shows the HVAR rocket motor to be a grey-ish color.   Dana Bell's book has an awesome color pic of HVAR's being loaded on a Corsair circa 1945 and those motors are clearly a dull lsilver (either painted or NMF). 

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