Re: .50 caliber shells
Posted by Harold Ericsson on August 29, 2001 at 22:24:03:
In Reply to: Re: .50 caliber shells posted by Tumbleweed on August 29, 2001 at 18:21:17:
I was in the first or one of the first B-29 gunnery class at Las Vegas. We fire .50 caliber machine guns at ground targets in the Frenchman Flat area of what was to become the National Test Site (Nuclear devices). At high altitude we fire compressed carbon frangible bullets at attacking P-39s (see Operation Pnball by Ivan Hickman, ISBN O-87938-472-7). What and where the B-17 and B-24s fired their guns I don't know. Anything is possible, but I would not expect any bomber type aircraft to fire outside the very large range north of Las Vegas. Of course, anything is possible, a buddy of mine put a burst of frangibles into the oil cooler of a P-39 bringing the plane down. Pilot bailed and broke a leg in the process (sorry for the war story, goes with age I reckon).