Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

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Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby schneiderman » Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:46 pm

Hi all, a friend posted this query on another forum and has yet to get an answer, can anyone help?

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It's said that the prototype Sunderland was designed for a 37mm anti-submarine gun (I assume a Vickers COW).

Was this ever actually carried out? Does anyone have any photos or some idea of what this might have looked like on a Sunderland?

Here's a nifty video showing it attached and in use on the Blackburn Perth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdsBQjq7fJg
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Re: Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby seawings » Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:01 pm

I've got a photo walk-round of the COW gun on display at the Royal Air Force Museum, if anyone is interested?
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Re: Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby WhyMe » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:07 am

Yes, please!
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Re: Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby seawings » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:53 am

WhyMe wrote:Yes, please!


Do you use DropBox..?
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Re: Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby WhyMe » Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:55 pm

seawings wrote:
WhyMe wrote:Yes, please!

Do you use DropBox..?
No... :oops:
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Re: Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby seawings » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:41 pm

Ok, not a problem.

It's the easiest and fastest way to 'email' large images and data on the planet, and it's free. I'll send you an invite.

Stand-By.
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Re: Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby MrWidgeon » Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:48 pm

It certainly is, you won't regret having it.

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Re: Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby dogsbody » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:04 am

MrWidgeon wrote:It certainly is, you won't regret having it.

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I'll vouch for that, too.
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Re: Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby seawings » Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:56 pm

Invite sent, accepted and COW Gun walk-round sent.

Job done.

Another convert!
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Re: Sunderland prototype 37mm COW fitting

Postby Pondskater » Sat Dec 15, 2012 6:04 pm

For the COW gun question - simple answer is yes.

I've seen some notes suggesting that it was proposed for the Sunderland but I'm not aware that it was ever fitted. I think the theory was that it was spare and might make a handy anti-submarine weapon. Assuming it could be made accurate.

I'm not sure that saying the prototype K4774 was "designed" for it is quite right though - that machine went through a number of variations to trial ideas. I'm away from my notes but I don't recall seeing anything about the COW gun being actually fitted.

Later in the war a cannon was tested on the prototype but it wasn't accurate enough to be put into production - recoil issues affected its ability to narrow the spread of shots to acceptable levels.

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