New WWII Gun at Fort Miles - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

New WWII Gun at Fort Miles

Posted: Updated:

LEWES, Del. -Fort Miles is now 32,000 pounds heavier, thanks to one grand gun.

On Thursday, a M2 90 millimeter anti-aircraft gun was delivered to the Fort Miles Artillery Park in Cape Henlopen State Park. It was so big it required a crane to lift it off a flatbed and into the lot where it will be restored. The gun was acquired under the partnership between the Fort Miles Historical Association and DNREC from the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Md. Delaware Department of Parks and Recreation's Chief of Cultural Resources Jim Hall says the addition has special meaning to the park.

"Unlike the rest of our guns in our artillery park, this is a model of gun that was actually here," he tells WBOC. "It was used towards the end of the war for top secret research for a proximity fuse -- it allows the shell to explode when it gets close or near its target." 

Hall says the M2's presence at Fort Miles made the site incredibly important, despite it never seeing actual conflict.

"General George S Patton considered the development of the proximity fuse to be second only to the development of the atom bomb," he says.

The Fort Miles Historical Association will restore the gun before it's put on display. Hall estimates the restoration will be done by late 2017. Wray says acquiring this gun is helping them achieve their long-term goal.

"We're pleased to continue on this path of making the best World War Two museum in a World War Two facility in the country," he says.

This type of gun was used on ships in both Pacific and European battles in WWII. It could fire explosive or 24 pound shells that could pierce armor, at about 25 rounds per minute. The high-velocity gun fired rounds at 2,700 feet per second and could hit land or water targets 11 miles away, or even aircraft 34,000 feet high. Wray says their new M2 will be a joy for many of their visitors.

"I can tell you from the thousands of veterans that have already been out here that they constantly are telling us how wonderful it is to see us restoring these kind of historical efforts," he tells WBOC.

Some of those veterans were motorcyclists from three Sussex County American Legion Posts, who gave the gun a motorcycle escort Thursday morning as it left Milford.

"This park here means a lot to a lot of us," says Jerry Martin from American Legion Post 19 in Laurel. "[Riding was] a show of respect for the veterans and the people that actually operated these things."

After the restoration, the gun will be installed in Fort Miles Artillery Park for display. Wray estimates that will be in about a year. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Questioned

    Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Under Fire

    10/17/2017 17:44:00 -04:002017-10-17 21:44:00 GMT
    Tuesday, October 17 2017 6:30 PM EDT2017-10-17 22:30:06 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md. - A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county.Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State PolicMore
    SALISBURY, Md. - A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county.Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State PolicMore
  • Arrest Made in Seaford Animal Cruelty Case

    Arrest Made in Seaford Animal Cruelty Case

    10/17/2017 15:28:00 -04:002017-10-17 19:28:00 GMT
    Tuesday, October 17 2017 3:50 PM EDT2017-10-17 19:50:18 GMT
    A Seaford man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges.More
    A Seaford, Del. man has been arrested on 449 charges, including felony animal cruelty, according to the state's Office of Animal Welfare.More
  • 18 Inmates Charged in Deadly Del. Prison Uprising

    16 Inmates Charged With First-degree Murder in Del. Prison Uprising

    10/17/2017 10:14:00 -04:002017-10-17 14:14:00 GMT
    Tuesday, October 17 2017 2:25 PM EDT2017-10-17 18:25:59 GMT
    Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly uprising that occurred in early February at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna.More
    Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly uprising that occurred in early February at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Two other inmates were also charged in connection with the incident.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • 18 Inmates Charged in Deadly Del. Prison Uprising

    18 Inmates Charged in Deadly Del. Prison Uprising

    Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly uprising that occurred in early February at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Two other inmates were also charged in connection with the incident on Feb. 1-2 that resulted in the murder of Lt. Steven Floyd, injuries to Correctional Officers Winslow Smith and Joshua Wilkinson, and the kidnapping of counselor Patricia May.

    More

    Sixteen inmates have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly uprising that occurred in early February at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Two other inmates were also charged in connection with the incident on Feb. 1-2 that resulted in the murder of Lt. Steven Floyd, injuries to Correctional Officers Winslow Smith and Joshua Wilkinson, and the kidnapping of counselor Patricia May.

    More
  • Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Questioned

    Wicomico County Sheriff's Facebook Post Questioned

    A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county. Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State Police trooper. In the post, Lewis referred to the protesters as "fist wielding, black power activists" who decried law enforcement officers' work.

    More

    A now-deleted Facebook post from Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis is causing controversy in the county. Lewis' post referred to protesters outside a Ravens Game on Sunday. The protesters were demonstrating next to a Maryland State Police trooper. In the post, Lewis referred to the protesters as "fist wielding, black power activists" who decried law enforcement officers' work.

    More
  • Political Mudslinging Ahead of Hurlock Town Elections

    Political Mudslinging Ahead of Hurlock Town Elections

    Samantha McDonald posted her support for mayor of Hurlock to Michael Henry on Facebook. That's when current Mayor Joyce Spratt messaged her.

    In that message, Mayor Spratt said McDonald had been fed lies. McDonald says the Mayor's message was completely inappropriate.

    WBOC went to Mayor Spratt to ask her about the message and allegations McDonald and others have made against her.

    More

    Samantha McDonald posted her support for mayor of Hurlock to Michael Henry on Facebook. That's when current Mayor Joyce Spratt messaged her.

    In that message, Mayor Spratt said McDonald had been fed lies. McDonald says the Mayor's message was completely inappropriate.

    WBOC went to Mayor Spratt to ask her about the message and allegations McDonald and others have made against her.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices