Inishowen Browning machine gun fires again

The scale of the dig to recover the World War II Spitfire wreckage outside Gleneely. (2806PG78)
The scale of the dig to recover the World War II Spitfire wreckage outside Gleneely. (2806PG78)

A 70 year-old Browning machine gun recovered from an Inishowen bog where a spitfire crashed during the Second World War has been successfully test fired by the Irish defence forces.

The gun, one of six recovered from the site, was restored by the Irish army and fired at a testing range near Athlone this week for a BBC documentary presented by Dan Snow.

Speaking about firing the antique weapon, the presenter said: “I turned the handle of the remote firing mechanism. The Browning roared, the belt of ammunition disappeared, the spent shell cases were spat out and the muzzle flash stood out sharply against a grey sky. It was elating.

That was the noise that filled the air during the Battle of Britain.”

The Browning, along with the others, will now be made safe and go on display as part of a permanent exhibition in Derry recognising the important role played by the city during the Second World War.