Thursday, May 11, 2017

Rear turret of Short Stirling I heavy bomber BF517 of 75 Squadron riddled with holes after being attacked by a night fighter near Duesburg - 27th April 1943

Tail gunner probably didn't survive that.


  1. At least five hits (maybe a lot more) from explosive shells with heavy fragmentation. Probably 37 or 40MM. Poor SOB probably never knew what hit him as the attack came in from the starboard quarter then slid in to the "6" and hosed him with 12.7MM . Rudder left. Rudder right and hold the trigger down. Lucky they got that one home. The Nacht Jager must have been low on ammo.--Ray

  2. Rugged way to spend your youth.

  3. My dad was a B-17 pilot with the 8th Air Force. 35 combat missions over Europe. Bad enough when you can see the bastards coming in daylight. Sit back there in that turret for hours staring into the black of night hoping you get a chance to return fire? No.
    Send me back to the infantry.

    1. The Germans had that Lichtenstein Radar that worked very well on the ME110 night fighters. They chewed up a lot of British bombers at night.

  4. Did a very cool thing once. Brought a bomber into London International Airport, Ontario for an air show back in '86 or so. Old fart came around gave each of the crew a coupon for 1 Free Drink. Turns out it was to the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Quonset hut at the end of the runway. Turns out they were all bomber crews. B-24 Bomber crews. I stayed all night listening to their stories. Most mileage I ever got out of "1 Free Drink".