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XyZspineZyX
07-13-2003, 03:11 AM
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- The 30mm MK 108 was disliked by most experienced crews.
- First, the muzzle flash was much too blinding for
- effective use at night, and secondly, the gun spring would
- not contain the pieces in case of a shell exploding in the barrel.

XyZspineZyX
07-13-2003, 03:11 AM
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- The 30mm MK 108 was disliked by most experienced crews.
- First, the muzzle flash was much too blinding for
- effective use at night, and secondly, the gun spring would
- not contain the pieces in case of a shell exploding in the barrel.

XyZspineZyX
07-13-2003, 09:14 AM
Interesting reading. Thanks for posting.

--After landing, I counted over 50 machine gun hits in my
--plane. And none of the other 9 or 10 Bf 110s of our Group
--which had sortied that day returned. Of course, most crews
--came back after awhile, parachute under arm. That was the end
--of the participation of night fighter forces in daylight air
--battles over Germany.


Message Edited on 07/13/0309:14AM by Kefuddle

XyZspineZyX
07-13-2003, 09:46 AM
Thanks for the find. Very good read/i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
07-13-2003, 12:32 PM
Thank you, very interesting read.