There are some really cool documentaries about the ball turret gunners. Crazy scary job. If something when wrong with the landing gear, and with the turret mechanical pieces, when the plane aircThank you for this link. I’ve never seen it before. My Grandfather, now 93 years old flew in a ball turret of a B-17 over Europe completing 29 sorties. He haI only wish I had been joking. Seriously, ruined my childhood dreams of becoming a turret gunner.s never said much of his experience and I don’t ask.raft lands, you turn into a pink smear.
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On at least some models (I don’t know if it was changed later), the hatch to exit the ball turret into the rest of the plane could only be opened when the turret was in one specific orientation. If iSometimes the turret would take damage during a mission, and be unable to rotate back to the exit position, trapping the gunner inside. If the planes landing gear malfunctions…Well It is not a happy ending.t was turned to the side and unable to be rotated back, due to electrical failure or battle damage or something, then the ball turret gunner would be stuck inside until the plane could land.
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Now if there was also a landing gear failure and the plane had to make a belly landing (which wasn’t beyond possibility since these were combat missions), then the unfortunate gunner would have no “Listen shitsipper, if it wasn’t for people like me playing with machine guns in bullet-hole ridden B24’s, you’d be speaking a combination of Japanese and German. Now go facebook all of your sissy friends that you met a real American.”way to get out and would be crushed and ground into hamburger when the plane skidded on landing.