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Offline besilarius

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16 inch turret video
« on: May 08, 2013, 07:48:14 PM »
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Re: 16 inch turret video
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 08:08:47 PM »
Neat.

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Re: 16 inch turret video
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2013, 08:30:24 PM »
My grandfather was a Gunners Mate 2nd class on the New Jersey. I once had romantic images of him operating the 16 inch guns, but based on a grainy picture in his 1951 Korean War tour book, (which I have) it looks like he worked with the port side AA guns.
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Re: 16 inch turret video
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2013, 10:20:47 PM »
Well, working the AA batteries could be pretty hazardous.
On the Essex, most of the port side AA guns were the General Quarters of the messmates.  (Didn't take a lot of skill to hump all the 40mm shells to the Bofor guns, or to the 20mm Oerlikons.  (Funny how Sweden put out such good light AA guns.))
A Judy dive bomber was hit during an attack and brushed the flight deck. 
Most of the gunners and their crews were killed by the crash or the flames.
“Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don’t find out until too late that he’s been playing with two queens all along”.  Terry Pratchett.

During filming of Airplane, Leslie Nielsen used a whoopee cushion to keep the cast off-balance. Hays said that Nielsen "played that thing like a maestro"

Tallulah Bankhead: "I'll come and make love to you at five o'clock. If I'm late, start without me."

"When all other trusts fail, turn to Flashman." — Abraham Lincoln.

"I have enjoyed very warm relations with my two husbands."
"With your eyes closed?"
"That helped."  Lauren Bacall

Master Chiefs are sneaky, dastardly, and snarky miscreants who thrive on the tears of Ensigns and belly dancers.   Admiral Gerry Bogan.