Remember When the US Dropped a Toilet Bowl On the Enemy…


(Modern – Occasionally, history can be stranger than fiction. Such was the case in November of 1965 during the chaos of the Vietnam War. Aboard a VA-25 A-1 Skyraider, CDR Clarence W. Stoddard, Jr. took off from the USS Midway with a rather unusual payload destined for North Korea.

In the following video, We Are The Mighty provides both archival footage of “Operation Sani-Flush”, and a little history of this quirky “bomb”:

As you can see in the video, the bomb carried by the Skyraider was unusual in the fact it wasn’t a bomb at all. It was a toilet.

A plane captain on the Midway rescued a damaged toilet that was supposed to be thrown overboard, and the flight crew outfitted it with a rack, tailfins, and nose fuse. Once the “bomb” was loaded onto the Skyraider, the checkers blocked the view of it from the air boss and captain of the Midway.

As the A1-Skyraider shot off the carrier, the bridge sent out a message asking, “What the hell was on 572’s right wing?”

Times of war are hard on everyone, and sometimes a little playfulness is needed to break the tension. Even if it comes in the form of toilet humor.

For another dive into strange but true stories from history, check out our article on conspiracy theories that were proven to be real.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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