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Marine Pfc C.H. McClure servicing the three Browning M2 .50 caliber machine guns in the right wing of an F4U-1 Corsair fighter on Bougainville, Dec 9, 1943

Caption   Marine Pfc C.H. McClure servicing the three Browning M2 .50 caliber machine guns in the right wing of an F4U-1 Corsair fighter on Bougainville, Dec 9, 1943 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   127-GW-71356
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Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 9 Dec 1943
Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 24 Nov 2013

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
24 Dec 2015 09:07:16 PM

SHORT BURSTS: WATCH YOUR AMMO Did you know the pilot of an F4U Corsair had 30 seconds of firing time, for all six .50 caliber machine guns, There were three .50 caliber machine guns in each wing. The two inboard ammo boxes in each wing, held 200 rounds per gun while the two outboard ammo box held 175 rounds in order to fit the shape of the wing. The pilot fired in short bursts. Some pilots would turn off two guns to conserve ammo. Just in case they needed extra ammo to get home. File photo shows the three (.50) caliber starboard weapons
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
25 Dec 2015 08:24:50 PM

SHORT BURSTS: WATCH YOUR AMMO I made a mistake the F4U Corsair was armed with 6 x .50 caliber machine guns. the inboard guns had 400 rpg the outboard guns had 375rpg this was due the design of the wing. In my previous comment, I said 200rpg for the inboard guns, and 175rpg for the outboard guns that is an error, my mistake. Guess I need more sleep or double check my facts before I submit my comment. If I make an error I'll correct as soon as possible. Glad to clear this up...(rpg) rounds per gun

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WW2-Era Place Name Bougainville, British Western Pacific Territories
Lat/Long -6.2261, 155.0577
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