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Gunner:- An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Turrets and Gun Positions

By Donald Nijboer , Dan Patterson

ISBN: 9781840373042
PUBLISHED: June 2001
PAGES: 176
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 205x228 mm
INSIDE: Colour and b/w photographs

Although many books and movies have been produced showing the exploits of pilots and squadron commanders, very few explore the important role the air gunner played. While every member of the bomber crew played a vital role, it was the air gunner's responsibility to defend the aircraft and keep everyone safe.

In the night skies over Germany, the gunner's vigilance was paramount for survival. A lack of concentration for only a moment could mean certain death by a prowling night fighter.

Gunner picks up where Cockpit: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Interiors left off. Through Dan Patterson's remarkable photography we are able to see close up the cramped, cold, exposed turrets in which so many young men fought and died. Veterans describe what it was like to fly and fight in the many different turrets and gun positions. Illustrated diagrams show the inner workings of some of the more well known turrets. Gunner not only reveals, for the first time in print, the turrets of famous aircraft such as the Lancaster and B-17, but it also features some extremely rare gunners' positions from aircraft such as the Me 410, the Italian S.M. 79, and Russian I1-2 Shturmovik. It's a chance to see what so many of us have never seen, and maybe for a brief moment to imagine what it must have been like to be an air gunner in the Second World War.

. . . filled with almost 200 magnificent images, many of them reproduced full-page size, more than half of them in colour. The illustrations are a blend of wartime posters, sectional diagrams of turrets and action photographs, even some of this material being in colour, and recent photographs of the interiors of restored aeroplanes, Lancaster, Blenheim, B-29, He 111 and so on, twenty-two types in all. - RAF HISTORICAL SOCIETY . . . good highly-detailed photography of gun and/or turret aspects of 21 types of extant aircraft, backed by contemporary photographs and cutaways - all of this imagery is beautifully reproduced . . . - FLYPAST

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