By William B. Colgan

ISBN-10: 0786448873

ISBN-13: 9780786448876

One of the offensive aerial missions hired in international battle II, air-to-ground gun scuffling with used to be essentially the most helpful. Strafing, which concerned the huge harm of floor, air and naval forces via pilots flying in lethal, low-altitude skies, helped the Allies to their victory. This ancient textual content examines the position of strafing in wrestle, quite in the course of global warfare II, but in addition in the course of the Korea and Vietnam wars. the character of gunnery, strafing and gunfighting are explored in the context of specific missions and activities. First-hand money owed and gun digicam movie facts give a contribution to the exploration of this most threatening kind of strive against and honor the braveness of America's veterans who served as pilots or aerial crewmen.

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The German specialized ground attack planes had forward-firing and flexible guns and, in certain cases, downward-firing guns mounted in the fuselage. However, if these "downward" guns were fixed position or limited in fore and aft traverse, bullets would always impact along the ground in raking or "walking" fire; a gun had no real capability to aim on a specific target. This type fire was useful in places, and pursuit pilots at times "walked" bullets too. But downward-mounted guns were one element of World War I strafing that did not go on to standard use in future wars (although some slightly depressed guns have been used).

It was impossible to both score and survive from there. Unless planned for, tail winds could cause increasing nose down in a pass to keep the pipper from drifting beyond the target, jeopardizing score or safety. Of course, in training, winds were monitored and passed to pilots by range control and visual means. The pilots I flew with for the two months I was held at Sarasota all qualified in gunnery. By late July I was back in the overseas movement process, carrying deep appreciation for full acceptance and treatment as a permanent party member of the 98th Squadron, 337th Group, while there, and for the additional flying and gunnery accomplished.

Now there was just one type gun to service and its design and access from the wing top simplified that. Other complexities also were gone. Synchronizers no longer applied and pilot gun charging and clearing provisions had been dropped as no longer needed with the highly reliable Browning—a gun Bierly referred to as "61 pounds of engineering marvel" {American Aviation Historical Society Journal). " Technically its rate of fire was 750 to 850 rounds per minute, but which was popularly known as 800 (the later M3 model, 1,200).

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