The submarine USS Bowfin engaged in surface gunnery practice off Guam in World War II
Guam Date:1945, May Duration:2 min 40 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Near the end of World War 2, U.S. submarines were being refitted with extra guns and undertook more surface combat operations. Here, the USS Bowfin (SS-287) is seen in surface training activities off Guam, during May,1945. Its armament now includes (in addition to its original 4-inch/50 caliber deck gun) a Bofors 40mm aft of the conning tower and an Oerlikon 20mm cannon forward of it. As the Bowfin heads out, its deck gun is seen. Next, in a view from the conning tower fairwater, looking aft, the Bofors 40mm autocannon can be seen below. Scene shifts forward and then to side, where deck gun barrel is seen at extreme right of image. It fires at distant target boat. More views of targets being fired upon by autocannons and deck gun. Smoke rising from struck target. Sequence ends with the Bowfin firing a few rounds on its way back to Apra Harbor.
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