A little known use of paper during WW2 was in the manufacture of cardboard drop tanks used by the 8th Air
Force. The British devised a system using laminated and glued paper that would hold 108 gallons of fuel - for one mission!
Plastic model kit makers are well aware of the paper drop tanks as some of them offer both the "paper" and standard
metal tank options.
The following 3 page article about the design and construction of these
paper drop tanks was written by John Lane, whose father Bill Lane was on the team involved in their successful design.
The article appeared in the March 2014 edition of the magazine "Britain At War" ( Key Publishing ltd, PO Box 300,
Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9. 1NA. England Website: www.britainatwar.com