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B-24J of USAAF 93rd BG, 328th BS in flight, circa Aug 1943 to Sep 1944; it was lost 21 Sep 1944 over Belgium

Caption     B-24J of USAAF 93rd BG, 328th BS in flight, circa Aug 1943 to Sep 1944; it was lost 21 Sep 1944 over Belgium ww2dbase
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Apr 2015 06:39:22 PM


The need for fighter escort was important over Europe, until long-range fighters could escort the bombers to and from the target, a stop gap measure had to be found. A number of B-24s were modified into gunships armed with fourteen fifty caliber machine guns carrying 11,000 rounds of ammo.
However, like their B-17 counterpart that were also modified into gunships the XB-41s faced the same problem soon as the formation dropped their bombs, they were faster than the gunships that were escorting them the project was dropped in 1943

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