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Old August 23rd 04, 03:44 PM
Keith Willshaw
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"ArtKramr" wrote in message
Subject: Gun, machine gun and/or cannon?
From: "The Enlightenment"
Date: 8/22/2004 10:49 PM Pacific Standard Time

Only 3 hits were required to brring down a 4 engined heavy bomber and

even a
P47 couldn't survive more than a hit or two. (which made the Me 109 so
deady if it got to within 200m)

During our training in WW II the number of hits to bring down any plane

was a
point of important study for us. Bringing down a heavy bomber with three

regardless of where it was hit is in itself an unreasonable concept.

showed that an ME 109 would have to put almost 75 hits into a B-17 to

bring it
down. The most vulnerable enemy fighter was the Jap zero (after the JU

87) and
it needed 12 hite to bring it down.

That kinda dependson what its hit with and where its hit doesnt it !

The German jet fighters carried a 30mm cannon with rather more
stopping power than the .50 calibre machine guns carried
by US aircraft.


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