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The P-47's wing ammo bays are opened and the Machine guns are being loaded.

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P-47 Thunderbolt
USAAF - Lt. Col. Gabreski
from the 34th fighter Squadron Yearbook

The P-47's wing ammo bays are opened and the machine gun belts are fed into their magazines Hold up the belt so I can get it lined up with the loader mechanism.

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Pre Mission work is still underway.  The planes were fueled and now they are being loaded with weapons.
Scanned by C. Jeff Dyrek


Ammo doesn't really last very long. This airplane has 8 hungry 50 cal. machine guns

The P-47 had eight 50 Caliber Machine Guns.  The nickname of the P-47 Thunderbolt was the Flying Jug, but it was a very potent jug with lots of armor and a whole lot of fire power.  The bubble canopy gave the pilot a clear vision of 360 degrees keeping the enemy from sneaking up on him.


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