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Redhawk Battle Honors: Distinguished Unit Citation
Squadron armorers have loaded the ammunition bays for this 371st Fighter Group P-47 Thunderbolt, possibly at Metz Airfield in early 1945. The staggered position of the four machine guns in the wing allowed for the direct feed of .50 caliber machine gun ammunition from the corresponding tray. Muddy conditions were a bother but did not prevent the servicing of the fighters to accomplish the mission. The P-47 could carry up to 425 rounds per gun, but there was a tradeoff with the weight in performance and range, and often fewer rounds were carried, often closer to 300 rounds. (The Story of the 371st Fighter Group in the E.T.O.)

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