Inside a Flying Fortress

Look inside one of the only surviving B-17Gs with a combat record

(Eric Long and Mark Avino)

Ball Turret Gunner

(Eric Long and Mark Avino)

One of the most grueling assignments in the air war was that of the ball turret gunner. The gunner entered the cramped turret after takeoff by rotating the guns downward. Unless tracking a target, the gunner reclined on his back with the guns parallel to the fuselage.


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