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Frederick Marten Hale

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Frederick Marten (1864- )

1922 Engr. and Explosives Expert; b. Bristol, 1864; s. of late Matthew Henry Hale, Bristol. Ed. Devon County School; Brussels. Specialized in Fire and Hydraulic Eng.; in manufacture and use of High Explosives, and in Torpedo and Artillery work; Inventor and Patentee: Hale Rifle Grenade, 1908, and Hale Aircraft Bombs, 1913, the only ones available for the British Forces when the Great War broke out, the first Zeppelin destroyed by Aircraft in its hangar at Dusseldorf (Lt. Marix, Oct., 1914), the first Zeppelin brought down, 1915, and the first U Boat sunk in the War by Aircraft were with Hale Bombs; many hundreds of thousands were used during the War, and over ten million Hale Rifle Grenades; the first to propose and invent (Nov., 1914) an Anti-Submarine Diving Bomb, or Depth Charge. Publ.: Numerous tech. brochures and treatises on Fire Eng.; the Manufacture and Use of High Explosives for Naval and Military Purposes; Armour Piercing Shells; Fuzes, Rifle and Hand Grenades, and Aircraft Bomb Warfare. Address: Furzedene, Bromley, Kent. T. A.: Halemarten, Bromley. T. N.: Bromley 1350. Clubs: Junior Constitutional; Bromley and County; Sundridge Park Golf.


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