Virginia Museum Acquires World War II Anti-aircraft Guns


NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Virginia War Museum has acquired a set of World War II anti-aircraft guns that once were on the battleship USS Missouri.

The Daily Press reports that the 12-ton set of four Quad 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns arrived at the museum in Newport News on Thursday.

Virginia War Museum Foundation president Larry Munnikhuysen says the guns were on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered, ending World War II.

Museum curator Dick Hoffeditz says each gun could fire more than 120 40mm shells per minute.

The guns formerly stood in the center of the headquarters complex at Naval Air Station Oceana's Dam Neck Annex in Virginia Beach. The Navy agreed to give the guns to the museum if it would pay to have them moved.

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