So I was reading about the Douglas Skyraider airplane on Wiki and then I saw this:

Offensive toilet (reuploaded from Wikipedia because SE refused to hotlink it, original url)

You probably have some questions right now, let me answer them quickly:

So now back to the question, is this the only (recorded) case when a toilet was used as a weapon in a military conflict?

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    Do you expect a serious answer to a funny question? -- It was not really a weapon, but rather a symbol (To commemorate the mark of having delivered 6,000,000 lb) and also a stupid thing to do (it almost hit LCdr. Bacon's plane due to its light weight).
    – user8690
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 11:22
  • @cipricus I think I mostly hoped to see photos of helis armed with sinks or tanks firing bars of soap with cool backstory. So not exactly serious question, but still with honest curiosity.
    – PTwr
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 13:41
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    Woudn't beseigers often catapult dead animals and sewage over walls? Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 14:38
  • A urinal was launched from a trebuchet, but not in wartime. twincities.com/2016/11/23/… Commented Aug 7, 2018 at 17:00

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Not sure if this counts as it relates to a weapon release mechanism rather than the weapon itself, but during World War II, an American B-17 bomber crew apparently used a toilet to better control dropping jellied gasoline onto German fighters which approached them from below.

This account is related by Lt. Dewayne Bennett, a B-17 pilot of the 384th Bombardment Group, 545th Squadron, while based at Grafton Underwood in England in 1944. The story appears as Toilet Stool Ace, in Dewayne 'Ben' Bennett’s Stories of a B-17 Bomber Pilot. It is also printed in a compilation, How We Won the War, Or, Ya Gotta be Kiddin'!, You Got Away with That?! by Charles G. Pefinis.

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"Lead Group, 41st C Combat Wing - 18 June 1944 - Laon/Athies, France." Bennett is standing centre back row. Source: USAAF 384th Bombardment Group

According to Bennett, German fighters would target bombers from below, especially those with apparently inoperative ball turret gunners. The fighter pilot would

Snake his way up under the wounded B-17, pull up sharply, hanging the fighter on the prop, and pour deadly 20mm fire into the unprotected belly.

Looking for a way to counter this, his crew came up with various ideas, eventually hitting upon jellied gasoline in 5 gallon cans. The idea was to release it in one big gob. However, this wasn’t as effective as the crew had hoped as the slipstream tore the gob apart. The problem was how to prevent this happening. Then, one member of the crew had an idea while sitting “on the crapper”:

"When I flushed the stool I noticed the water rushed out of the tank into the bowl, and it swirled and fell out of the bowl in a mass. If we could rig up a toilet stool in the bomb bay, close to the bottom of the plane it would fall in a gob”

Bennett’s’ crew got a “toilet stool complete with a tank” (filched from a senior officer's quarters) and mounted it in the bomb bay with bailing wire tied to the flush valve so that it could be pulled at the right moment. On May 13, 1944, during a mission to Stettin (north of Berlin), their plane was approached from below by an ME-109:

He was climbing, coming at our belly, when the ball turret gunner yelled “Now!”

I immediately jerked the bailing wire, and the ball turret gunner started firing...the jellied gasoline had been ignited.

Looking down, I saw the German fighter with all the fabric burned off the control surfaces, and the pilot wriggling the stick wondering what had happened to his control...the pilot bailed out.

Bennett goes on to say:

After we had gotten out third enemy fighter our crew chief painted three small toilets up under the pilot’s window....

The crew were found out by HQ after they had dispatched their fifth fighter. Bennett was reprimanded by the officer whose toilet they had taken, and told to return the toilet and revert to using more ‘conventional’ equipment.

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    Best bit is them being reprimanded for a successful ploy...
    – user31561
    Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 13:04
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    Great work answering an ancient question. Commented Jul 21, 2019 at 19:57
  • Uh... I have a hard time taking this at face value. Especially the part where the ball turret gunner does the "bombardier" part. He should be busy shooting his twin .50cals at that Bf-109 at that time... five downed fighters by flushing a couple gallons of gasoline? This smacks a bit too much like Zaytsev's "Erwin König"...
    – DevSolar
    Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 11:52
  • @DevSolar I don't have the 'technical' knowledge to comment on your observation. Bennett appears to be the only source for this, but it has been shared on several sites by other veterans and no one has (as far as i can see) called him out on it. As he has been, at different times, curator and executive director of the 390th memorial museum, he would be taking quite a risk with his professional reputation if the story was patently untrue. None of this is conclusive, of course, which is also why I inserted the word 'apparently' in my first paragraph. Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 14:57

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