Anyone familiar with this weapons system?

BlackSheep

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I was watching a YouTube video, “The Hunt for the Legendary U-Boat Ace | Last Secrets of the Third Reich | War Stories



At approximately, 17’20” what appears to be a B-24 configured for ASW makes an appearance and deploys what appears to be a depth charge rack that when needed extends out of the fuselage along a rack attached to the underside of the wing. I’ve never heard of this system, is anyone on the forum familiar with this device? I’m not much of a fan of the B-24 and have a lot of catching up to do on the ASW efforts in the Atlantic so I apologize if this is an oft-used device.

Lastly, I’m aware that the video doesn’t necessarily portray exactly what is being discussed and am mainly interested in the system depicted and it’s use.

 

buffnut453

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The clip of the depth charges sliding out on the underside of the wing is actually a Short Sunderland. The video maker clearly just cropped together some entirely unrelated clips of a B-24 variant and a Sunderland.

Here's a pic of the Sunderland's sliding wing racks visible on a restored airframe at the RAF Museum, Hendon:

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And a wartime view, courtesy of Wikipedia:

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BlackSheep

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The clip of the depth charges sliding out on the underside of the wing is actually a Short Sunderland. The video maker clearly just cropped together some entirely unrelated clips of a B-24 variant and a Sunderland.

Here's a pic of the Sunderland's sliding wing racks visible on a restored airframe at the RAF Museum, Hendon:

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And a wartime view, courtesy of Wikipedia:

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Excellent! Thanks!
 

daviemax

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Some maritime B-24s did have a gun mount attached to the lower sides of the fuselage.
 

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