Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
90 mm M-2 Anti-Aircraft Gun
This type of gun was adopted in 1942 and was used mainly against enemy planes. It was used in both the European and Pacific Theaters of Operation during World War II (1941-1945). The 90 mm M-2 AA gun could fire at airplanes up to an altitude of 33,000 feet. Shells were set to explode when they reached a certain altitude. The men who fired this type of gun were known as ack-ack crews. It could be used as a field gun for bombardment and as an anti-tank gun as well. These guns usually operated in batteries consisting of four guns. There are many devices on this gun that had to be operated in order to fire it. Some gun crews had as many as thirteen men working to carry the large shells, set the fuses, load them, operate the dials, and fire the gun. Gun emplacements were covered by camouflage nets to make them harder to see from the air. These guns were usually dug into circular pits about four feet deep and twenty feet across. It took about twelve hours of hard work to get the gun in place to fire it. The 90 mm M-2 AA gun was used to protect Air Force bases and military installations as late as the mid 1950's.
Topics. This historical marker is Air & Space • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1942.
Location. 34° 51.4′ N, 82° 23.75′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Academy Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street. Marker is located in the northwest corner of the American Legion War Museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 430 North Main Street, Greenville SC 29605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Post 3 American Legion (within shouting distance of this marker); 75 mm Field Gun / 3 inch M1903 (within shouting distance of this marker); 6 inch Field Howitzer Model of 1908 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kershaw Brigade (about 600 feet away); In Memory of 81st Wildcat Division / Camp Sevier (about 600 feet away); SC Ordinance of Secession (about 600 feet away); Confederate Armory (about 600 feet away); Eighty Unnamed Soldiers (about 600 feet away); McPherson Park (about 700 feet away); General Robert E. Lee (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
Also see . . .
1. 90 mm gun. The American 90 mm family of guns served as primary heavy anti-aircraft (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. M2 90mm Anti-Aircraft Artillery. The 90mm Anti-Aircraft Artillery was a high-velocity replacement for the 3-inch M1918 gun, the standard before World War II. (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 15,945 times since then and 74 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.