Browning Helps Defend the Wild Blue Yonder.
Commemorating the birth of the U.S. Air Force, September 18.
Fourteen Brownings per bomber. “The most prolific use of the Browning machine gun during World War II was the .50 caliber guns used in aircraft applications,” Iannamico explained. “There were as many as fourteen .50 caliber machine guns fitted to U.S. bombers.”
The guns were used for defending the bombers against enemy fighter aircraft attempting to shoot them down,” Iannamico continues. “Tactical formations of bombers were established, positioning each of the aircraft in such a manner that they could defend each other. This was especially important early in the war when U.S. fighter escorts did not have the range to accompany the bombers to the target.”
We make every effort to assure that images used in articles are in the public domain or used with permission. This article is copyright Browning September 2016. The article was written by Browning staff writer Scott Engen. This article represents a brief historical overview from the perspective of honoring John Moses Browning, the great firearms inventor. Mr. Engen is one of our in-house historical experts . . . Browning always works hard to be historically accurate on all articles. Of course, we appreciate any historical corrections or insights to articles such as this from historians.