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WWII Twin 40mm Bofors USN Anti Aircraft gun cannon


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Location (State):
Florida (FL)
Flordia


Member For:
7 Years 2 Months
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HIGH BID: $25,995.00

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Auction: 12350265

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Auction Start:
(September 10, 2013 19:54:00 PT)
Auction Ended:
(September 17, 2013 19:42:45 PT)

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Seller's Description

Guns For Sale - -- WWII Twin 40mm Bofors USN Anti Aircraft gun cannon

This a United States Navy World War II Twin 40mm Bofors from the Pearl Harbor Attack!

It is now mounted on a United States Navy trailer with great tires and ready to move!

This Bofors mount was placed on a second ship after the attack at Pearl Harbor and then saw heavy action in the Philippines. Then later, the US Navy mounted the gun on the existing naval trailer for Hawaii Anti Aircraft shore battery protection.

This gun was fully demilitarized by the U.S. Navy before release, but all work is completely hidden!

It is an ALL original USN Navy setup, not something someone just put together!

This is a twin 40mm Bofors gun and mount. The unit is mounted on a US Naval trailer that is from World War 2 also. This gun served on the USS Downes, which was hit while in dry dock during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The gun and mount is in good condition. Reconditioning was started it but but was stopped due to health issues of the owner. These guns & mounts are tough to find, impossible to import, and this particular gun was in the Pearl Harbor battle.

The United States Navy's Bureau of Ordnance purchased these 40mm twin-mount air-cooled example directly from Bofors, which arrived in New York on 28 August 1940. During that month another Dutch ship, the van Kinsbergen, demonstrated the Hazemeyer mount to Navy observers. The gun was quickly chosen as the Navy's standard anti-aircraft weapon, and the Navy secretly imported a set of Imperial designs from England and started production illegally. A formal contract with Bofors followed in June 1941. The resulting Mark 1 and Mark 2 weapons were intended for the left and right side of a twin mount, respectively, and were adapted by Chrysler for water cooling.

The model in one of the photos, shows clearly where the gun(s) were located.

Background on this gun:

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941, the Downes was in dry-dock with Cassin and the Pennsylvania. The three ships came under heavy attack and an incendiary bomb landed between the two destroyers, starting raging fires fed by oil from a ruptured fuel tank. Despite heavy strafing, the crews of the two destroyers got their batteries into action, driving off further attacks by Japanese planes. The dry-dock was flooded in an effort to quench the fires, but the burning oil rose with the water level and when the ammunition and torpedo warheads on board the destroyers began to explode, the two ships were abandoned. Later Cassin slipped from her keel blocks and rested against Downes. Listed at first as complete losses, both of these destroyers were repaired and joined the war.

Salvage operations were soon begun on Downes with machinery and other salvageable equipment being shipped to Mare Island Navy Yard. She was officially decommissioned 20 June 1942. Additional information and photos: http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/375.htm

Starting Price: $25,995. US$ with NO RESERVE!

Located on the US East coast in Pennsylvania.

A case of empty ammo shells is available for an additional $700

Payment and Shipping Instructions:
Pick up free (tow away!) or we can arrange delivery anywhere in the USA.
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