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[Wiki article on the device.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holman_Projector)
At first I thought he was carrying it like a rifle
Despite the funny looks it did actually manage to shoot down a few aircraft. It’s best feature was the airburst rounds gave a black puff of smoke normally indicative of heavier AA guns found on cruisers or destroyers. Giving the launcher the ability to deter attacking aircraft into thinking it was a more heavily armed opponent.
> While Holman Projector had limited success with one cargo ship’s crew shooting down two airplanes, it became better known for its other uses. Since it had a wide barrel, the projector could shoot nearly anything that could fit inside it; the most popular makeshift ammunition was potatoes.
Wow, missed that part. wonder if this thing was the forebearer to potato cannons.