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  •  I did not know that about the first... (9+ / 0-)

    ...guns on the Spits being of .303 caliber.  That was the caliber of Britain's standard battle rifle, the Enfield.

    It's odd, these days, to think of a front-line fighter sharing a weapons system with a foot soldier...

    It ain't called paranoia - when they're really out to get you. 6 points.

    by Jaime Frontero on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 08:18:11 PM PDT

    •  That is the reason why the British STUCK with the. (7+ / 0-)

      .303" Browning.....they had MILLIONS of rounds left from WW1 !

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 09:04:44 PM PDT

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    •  ...and that's why they needed eight guns on board. (3+ / 0-)
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      The 2010 documentary, "Battle of Britain: The Real Story" has a good segment on armament. They show a .303 round side by side with a German 7.92mm armor-piercing and a 20mm cannon shell. They also showed a genuine section of Me109 fuselage that had been holed by a .303 and repaired. It was not an impressive wound.

      The film also reports that the Spit carried ammo loads for only 14.7 seconds of fire. The Me109 had capacity for 55 seconds.

      I know which aircraft I'd rather be flying.

      It's a real tribute to the Spitfire, the RAF pilots and ground crews and the entire British command and control structure that they were able to prevail over such an adversary.

      I recommend the film (available on YouTube). It describes the conflict from the German point of view more than I've seen elsewhere.

      “It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing
      he was never reasoned into” - Jonathan Swift

      by jjohnjj on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 09:54:54 PM PDT

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      •  Only one small point... (1+ / 0-)
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        When the narrator is in the museum and holds up the .303" round, that is correct....when he holds up the cannon is NOT a 20mm. Look closely...Does that look three times (roughly) the diameter of the .303"? No.

        I think he has an old 37mm shell (probably from a C.O.W. gun)

        There are times (as a museum person) that I leap up and down in front of the screen!

        'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

        by shortfinals on Wed Jul 10, 2013 at 03:43:57 AM PDT

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