Posted 03 January 2012 - 10:40 PM
It's often said that the USN were the only fighter force in WW 2 to teach deflection gunnery. The statement presumably originates with some unique aspect of their training. I'm curious about what that might be.
The reason is that the statement is nonsensical. Most fighter forces used towed windsocks for gunnery practice. It's highly inadvisable to attempt a zero deflection shot on a towed target, the possibility of hitting the towing aircraft would be enormous!
Then there's the design of the periods gunsights- they made allowance for deflection. In the British reflector sights those were referred as 'rings'; 'one ring deflection' ect. That can get confusing, though! The targets wingspan was physically dialled in on one ring, range on another. The 'ring' referred to was the glowing target reticule. Thus:
I've found a few references to training units. This one for the RAF Fighter Leader School, for instance:
But so far, nothing like a tactical publication or manual. My search fu is weak, can you guys help?
Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:31 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 01:54 PM
I don't think it's quite 'twaddle', just posters on a number of boards not familiar with the concepts involved. I think either the design of USN fighters or some aspect of their training has generated a belief that the USN were experts at deflection shooting. I'm curious about where the belief originated, not whether poster 'a' or 'b' has a handle on what's involved.
Meantime, can anyone think of some training asset the USN possessed that was unavailable to their Army colleagues or the Europeans?
Posted 05 January 2012 - 04:20 AM
I laughed so hard it hurts, because it brings to mind things ... other than deflection shooting for me! A "shaved twaddle" makes me think of things other than a near-miss in combat gunnery!
Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:28 AM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 03:56 PM
Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:33 PM
IMHO it appears to be;
a) The Irish who came up with the idea of a reflector gunsight,
The Germans who developed it and then didn't bother to introduce it till too late
c) The British who develop the first production versions
d) The Americans who perfect it and shoot everyone else.
I think we have been here before! Apart from, possibly the Irish getting the ball rolling!
Also, coming back to the other topic - surely it refers to the Orkneys
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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:33 AM
(Flo tries to fake looking shocked...)
Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:32 AM
They also had a 12 barreled motor driven rotary aircraft machine gun.
Posted 07 January 2012 - 12:48 AM
Just what I've read guys...
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