F4U Corsair Ammunition Boxes

Discussion in 'Weapons Systems Tech.' started by ronl, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. ronl

    ronl Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2006
    Messages:
    73
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    8
    There were six ammunition boxes in each wing for the six .50 cal machine guns on the F4U Corsair. On the port wing, 5 of the 6 boxes are marked "1", while one is marked "2". On the starboard wing, 5 boxes are marked "3" while one is marked "4". Can anyone shed any light on why the boxes were numbered this way? I am thinking that boxes 2 and 4 might have carried less ammunition. Does anyone have any pictures or drawings, or possibly an Erection and Maintenance Manual for the F4U that might answer this question?

    Thanks.

    Ron
     
  2. norab

    norab Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2010
    Messages:
    1,006
    Likes Received:
    36
    Trophy Points:
    48
    I do not know but I will offer two items that might be of use

    first as you speculated, different guns had differing amounts of ammo,400 rounds to each of the 4 inner guns, 375 rounds to the 2 outer guns

    second, and probaly the real reason, the boxes do not just sit in the wing but rather are loaded with the case lids forming a section of wing skin. Also, the boxes are all of different sizes.

    so the numbering system was probably to save time and confusion with the boxes marked "1" and "3" being interchangable with other "1"s and "3"s
     
Loading...

Share This Page