Kapoeta, Historic 1942 WWII Howardite Fall, ex-Haag, Micromount


During the peak of World War Two, on April 22, 1942, a fireball exploded in the sky over Eastern Equatoria in the Sudan. A single stone of 11kg fell in front of an armored column on the Kapoeta-Nathalani road and was recovered by the military.

Analysis revealed the meteorite to be a brecciated howardite of the HED group from asteroid Vesta. This meteorite has a very busy matrix with lots of small clasts and inclusions. Some of these inclusions are xenolithic remnants of smaller impactors and some of them are CM or CR types. This breccia is a melange of material representing a time capsule of the parent asteroid’s regolith.

Owing to the chaos and upheaval transpiring at the time of this fall, detailed accounts of this fall are hard to find in the historical record. Like all meteorites from Sudan, very little made it outside the country and it is rarely offered on the collector market. I acquired a small amount of this material that originated from the Bob Haag collection and my supply is limited to tiny fragments.


Refer to the photo. The black centimeter cube is shown for scale and is not included. You are purchasing a single small fragment like the one shown. Your purchase will include a labeled gemjar for safe storage.