Wildcat receiving maintenance in the United States, circa 1942-1943 [Colorized by WW2DB]

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Caption     Wildcat receiving maintenance in the United States, circa 1942-1943 [Colorized by WW2DB] ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   80-G-K-15611
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F4F Wildcat   Main article  Photos  
Photos at Same Place United States
Added By C. Peter Chen
Colorized Date 24 Feb 2023
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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
23 May 2008 08:37:07 PM

It looks like they're sighting in the guns.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Jun 2012 04:31:45 PM


VF-10 (Grim Reapers) activated San Diego, Ca.
June 1942. Assigned to the USS Enterprise (CV-6) and fought during the Battle of Guadalcanal. Later flew Grumman F6F Hellcats
deactivated Nov. 1945

Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat was armed w/6x.50 cal.
machine guns with total ammo load of 1,440 rounds or 240 rpg, this gave the pilot about 20 seconds of firing time.
The F4F-4 had folding wings this gave navy squadrons twenty seven planes per squadron, instead of eighteen planes, on the larger Essex carriers.


Some navy pilots had their machine guns bore sighted so those .50 caliber rounds met at the same time, in a concentrated cone of fire, with those 50s hitting the lightly built A6M Zero it was going down.
It all depended upon the shooting skill of the pilot, some had the weapons sighted for 200 yards. Another dog fight tactic was called deflection shooting, fire just ahead of the enemy aircraft, its pilot flying into those .50 caliber slugs.

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