The expression, "He got the whole nine yards!" comes from these guys.
The machine guns on the old bombers ran on ammo belts
that were approximately 9 yards long.
Hmmmm. Let's do some chit house math and figure it out: what are those? .50 cal? 9 yards equals 27 feet, 12 inches to the foot, 1/2" equals .50 cal....324 x 2 = 648. But, the 50 cal is a bottle neck, with the body of the shell wider than the bullet, so...600 rounds, thereabouts?
I always wondered about that. Look at the old B-17’s. They literally bristled with machine guns. In large squadrons you’d think they could throw up a wall of lead that nothing could get through. How in blazes could the enemy planes wreak such devastating losses on them?
Welp... here’s how: this is what goes on in making a hit on attacking enemy aircraft.
You have at most, a few seconds. While you’re firing, he is too.
If he hits, you or your squaddies turn into
a red mist and pudding.
No pressure. You got this.
Where did these men get their courage?