** An outstandingly rare WW2 Confidential military intelligence interrogation report, every distributed copy with its own unique security number, this being 'Copy No. 69'.
Very few examples of this security-numbered interrogation report have survived. Because of the report's extreme rarity, few collectors know these documents exist; only a tiny handful actually owns one.
WW2 CONFIDENTIAL report Copy No. 69: Interrogation of German Scientist Prof. Georg Madelung by BuAer. Stowage of Bombs, Deceleration of Aircraft by Parachute
BIOS Intelligence Report. Interrogation Report 113.. British Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee (BIOS). April 1946..
** Information obtained during an interrogation of Prof. Georg Madelung by representatives of BuAer (US Bureau of Aeronautics) 25th April 1946.
Duplicated typewritten report in English, 10 x 7.5 inches, 25 x 19 cms. 3 pages.
Very good in original stapled card wrappers. Printing a touch pale. Protected in a modern clear archival jacket.
Georg Hans Madelung (1889-1972), a noted German aeronautical engineer was involved during WW2 with aeronautical warfare research, including work with von Braun's rocket program. After the war, Madelung resumed work in both Germany and the USA.
Madelung's research included the effects of high acceleration on the human body and the design of parachutes for various applications. The importance of this work was swiftly recognised by the western allies resulting in this and other reports.
Although the title mentions 'bomb stowage', the report itself also covers parachute bombs, by definition involving, albeit poetically, bomb 'slowage'.
On first reading the title of this report as the cataloguer, my immediate thought was that I was looking at a typo. If slowage had, indeed, been intended and originally written, it would have been an otherwise unknown and unrecorded word, splendidly and appropriately coined for the occasion by the American author of the report; as such, deserving of a better fate than later unnecessary correction by an unimaginative English publisher.
Sadly, I was wrong. The report makes clear that the issue was of whether bombs in bomb bays were better stowed horizontally or vertically prior to droppping.
Slowage, with the meaning I thought it might have, is yet to evolve. Unless it now has by virtue of these few lines.