It has been ascertained that the external bomb carriers on certain Ju-88
aircraft are now being fitted with a jettison device. This device, which jettisons
the complete carrier and fairing and also the bomb, if it is still in place,
consists of electrically fired explosive charges which cut the holding bolts. The
carriers are held to the wings by four studs, each of which is drilled to contain
a charge, which shears the studs at a "neck" on the bolt, allowing the bomb
rack to drop off.
It is suggested that this device is used to:
(a) Jettison unnecessary weight and reduce head resistance in the event of failure of one engine;
(b) Enable bombs and carriers to be jettisoned quickly if the aircraft is intercepted;
(c) Get rid of a bomb if it is hung up.
Reports have been received from British pilots from time to time stating
that pieces have been seen to fall from enemy aircraft during an action. It is
possible that these may sometimes have been bomb carriers.