how did aviators carry extra ammo




 
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December 26th, 2009  
zorro
 

Topic: how did aviators carry extra ammo


hi again , happy holidays , how post WW2 did aviators carry extra ammo??
please post , zorro
December 26th, 2009  
senojekips
 
 
In ammo boxes ?
December 26th, 2009  
zorro
 

howdy , well how did they attach the ammo boxes to there shoulder holsters ???
zorro
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December 26th, 2009  
Spartacus
 
 
With clips?

We can play this game all night. What is the question?
December 26th, 2009  
senojekips
 
 
Ahhh, you didn't say pistol ammo.

If a downed aviator is going to need more than one or two shots, I'd say that his goose was cooked anyway. He is not going to fight a war on the ground should he be shot down. In the rare event that he did think he might need a spare clip or hand full of ammo, he'd probably put them in one of his pockets.
December 26th, 2009  
zorro
 

howdy boys , sorry i did not make my self clear , my errorer , how post WW2 did aviators carry extra revolver ammo ???
many thanks, happy holidays, zorro
December 28th, 2009  
SigJohnson
 
 
In a blimp maybe?
December 28th, 2009  
zorro
 

maybe the LZ 129 Hindenburg ???
zorro
December 28th, 2009  
-- Dusty
 
 
I think it depends on how much ammo. Typically, IIRC, a box of 20 (or was it 50?) rounds was included in the survival pack. Caliber and type of pistol matters a lot as well. It depends on WHEN "post-WW2" as well. I would prefer, myself, a Beretta M9 with 6 (loaded) clips and 120 rounds to boot. But that's me and the M9 is a 9mm. Vastly different than a Colt 1911 which is .45 ACP.
December 28th, 2009  
mmarsh
 
 
I dont think WWII pilots were issued revolvers in general, the only exception I can think of was the RAF that carried two versions (II and IV) of Webley Service Revolver 38. This was a critical shortage of handguns in the UK when the war began so when lend-lease started most had been issued the American Colt .45, or Browning HP.

So to answer your question, revolvers were relatively rare amongst aircrews, I dont think the RAF issued speed loaders so I would imagine any spare ammo was carried loose. Keep in mind the Senojekips is right, being shotdown in enemy territory usually meant death or capture. A Pistol wasnt going to get you far against an enemy carring rifles and submachine guns.
 


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