On The Range at Yellow Water Gunnery School, 1944

February 9th, 2017, 8:30H · Topics: Guys, Navy · Print

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“Turrets at the Yellow Water Gunnery School. July 8, 1944. I think the range used over 3,000,000 rounds of 50mm bullets.”  LS

Training turret gunners on trailers fitted with aircraft machine gun turrets at one of the practice ranges at the Yellow Water Gunnery School. The WWII base was located on land North of the former Cecil Field Naval Air Station near the current Equestrian Center off Normandy Blvd. I would imagine that being inside one of those bubbles in the middle of the summer was no treat. The back of the print is is stamped “Restricted, Official Photograph,  Not to be used for publication by order of the Chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics”. Then there is a handwritten note saying “Please Release” with someone’s initials beside that. A sharp viewer brought to my attention that the rounds would have been 50 caliber not 50 mm as was written in Photographer Loyd Sandgren’s note that was attached to the print. Can any of Vintage Jacksonville’s veteran followers enlighten us on the type of aircraft that would have used this particular gun turret?

 

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About Photographer Loyd Sandgren

I first met Loyd Sandgren in 1997 as I was putting photo gear back into my car after... Learn More