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Then it must have been an unremarkable amount of 7.7mm ammo expended, clearly.
I see that Agar's Supplementary Report [April 13, a different document than his first report of April 8] also noted MG firing by the IJN planes flying low over the ship, but only as the ship was turning onto her beam ends...Nothing of strafing survivors in the water.
Also, Peter C. Smith's book on Egusa Takeshige (the crack IJN carrier divebomber pilot) includes an account [p. 194] by a sailor from CORNWALL stating that the IJN planes (some 30-40 of them he thought) formed up after the sinkings and departed without
strafing survivors ("and much to our relief flew away."
I do know of instances in which the Japanese did indeed strafe people in the water after a sinking--but this does not appear to have been an instance of such deliberate strafing of survivors at all.
Hmmm. This from the report on the loss of HMS CORNWALL: https://www.flickr.com/photos/136806092@N02/41517204100/in/dateposted-public/
Maybe the Japanese did not trouble to account too closely for MG ammo?
...having noted the ambiguous phrasing of Agar myself, I went back & dbl-checked the Combat Action Reports ( Kodochosho ) of the 53 Type 99 kanbaku that attacked the two RN ships & they show every single 250-kg bomb dropped, but not one round of 7.7mm ammo expended...so, perhaps a few random bursts were fired, but by no means was there extensive machingunning of the ship, or her survivors...
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