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So with the evolution of the Spitfire throughout the war, the armament got progressively heavier, and whilst I always read about 20mm cannon, I never really appreciated how big a difference that was from the original .303 machine gun. So here's the picture that explained it to me in a very clear fashion!
That's me sitting in the cockpit of a MkXIV Spitfire and holding rounds from the 303, and the 20mm. Now I appreciate exactly how much difference there was between the hitting power of each!
That is an awesome picture! great comparison. i've not sat in a spit but i sat in the Hurricane (the real one) at Omaka and i did think,... man those MG FF cannons would have made a real mess of this ! to echo Terry's comment!
I also got thrown a spent 20mm shell which had gotten jammed in one our A-4's some where when i was on a live and work at Ohakea as a cadet. Some of the best two weeks of my life, still got it some where. I remember being horrified at the size, having only ever shot.22 at that point.
In keeping with escalating this topic it's worth mentioning the TseTse (Mosquito Mk.XVIII). Armed with a Molins 6 pounder (57mm) that could fire up to 55 rounds a minute, and very good at making holes in u-boats or tearing an engine off a Ju88 with a single round (4 rounds shot), I give you TseTse pilot F/L Brian Beattie in his sitting room with a 57mm round in his lap with a 20mm for comparison!