Anti-aircraft shell nose-cone

Contributed by Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society

Anti-aircraft shell nose-cone

Our Anti-aircraft shell nose-cone represents the part played world-wide by defences attempting to protect ciivilians against merciless bombing from the air. It was the fuse for a shell fired into the air from the outskirts of Coventry in 1941 during World War II. The chance of hitting a plane with the shell was very small, so the fuse was set to explode the shell at a height of 26 000 feet, which might damage bombers or force them to avoid the area.
This nose-cone weighs nearly a kilogram: it landed on Parliament Piece, Kenilworth and was found in 1988 by Cyril Hobbins, using a metal detector. Civilians needed to take shelter against shrapnel of this kind: the tin hats of Air Raid Wardens would hardly have protected them!

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  • 1. At 22:59 on 30 May 2010, Peter PatS wrote:

    This object was contributed by Geoff Hilton, Secretary of the Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society ( KHAS ) for the Kenilworth Abbey Barn Museum ( www.midwarks.info/kenmuseum )

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  • 2. At 20:53 on 13 September 2010, Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society wrote:

    The fuse detonated after 26 seconds, which would be at a height in the region of 26000 feet, according to angle and other factors. Geoff Hilton.

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1941

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12cm
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7cm
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7cm
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