West Bengal village yields WWII bombs

KOLKATA/KALYANI: How did two 500-pound bombs of World War II land up underneath the bottom in a village in Kalyani’s Hanskhali nearly 100 km from Kolkata? Military historians believe they might were part of the arsenal stored at Roosevelt Town or Roosevelt Nagar. Till 1945, Kalyani was once called Roosevelt Nagar.

On Saturday, while digging in the Chhoto Chutria village in Hanskhali, workers came across the two cylinders, each and every 50-inch lengthy and nearly 38 inches in diameter. After cleaning them, it was once realised they were bombs. Army mavens have taken rate of the bombs.

“Roosevelt Town used to be a big US Army base encompassing nearly 45 villages. Some say the town was once also used by the USA Army Air Force (USAAF) for Over the Hump Operations and the China-Burma-India (CBI) theatre. In fact, it was once US president Franklin D Roosevelt who ordered troops to provide logistics beef up to China’s Chiang Kai-Shek to help in the warfare against the entrenched Japanese in the Burma theatre. These operations went on between 1942 and 1945, after which the USA troops left India. In the early 50s, the West Bengal executive underneath leader minister Bidhan Chandra Roy determined to set up a satellite township at Kalyani. Even as of late, probably the most buildings built by means of the USA Army can be found in Kalyani,” a serving officer noted.

While little is known of what kind of plane did function, if they did, from Roosevelt Town, it is recorded that the USAAF flew frequently from the Ropyal Air Force (RAF) air base at Kanchrapara, only a few km from Kalyani. The USAAF used B-25 Mitchell plane from this base that was once fairly capable of carrying 500-pound bombs.

“We can’t make sure that how the bottom format was once in 1942-45. Maybe bombs used to be stored the place they were recovered from on Saturday. It could also be conceivable these are duds used for practice runs,” every other officer said.

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