National Geographic : 1921 Mar
0 EFFECT OF AN AERIAL BOMB DETONATED ON TIIE DECK OF A BATTLESHIP It will be noticed that the turret is cracked and demolished; the whole deck is swept clean, and several decks down below smashed; the deck above blown off. The damage extended to practically all parts of the U. S . S . Indiana, whose days ofusefulness as afighting craft were over, and on which the tests were made. A direct hit by an aerial bomb on a battleship will break every electric light globe on the ship and throw her into absolute darkness below decks; will disrupt telephone, radio, and interior communication systems; fill with noxious gases the fire-rooms, engine-rooms, and all compartments ventilated by force draft; cause shell-shock to the personnel practically all over the ship; will disruptammunition hoists, dislodge and jam turrets, dish upper decks, kill all personnel on upper decks, anti-aircraft gun crews, fire-control parties in thetops, or any one standing on deck; will cause fire to break out, exploding all the anti-aircraft ammunition on upper decks, and sink or disable the battleship. Ifthe bomb isexploded inthe water alongside, the battleship will either sink or be permanently disabled (see pages 341 and 347).