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Bombardier II by yankeedog Bombardier II by yankeedog
The lead bombardier was the guy with the weight of the bomb load and the mission on his shoulders. All other bombardiers on the mission dropped their bombs on his cue. He also was responsible for manning the nose guns against head on attacks from enemy fighters. The success of a combat mission depended on his accuracy and skill with the top secret Norden Bomb Site. It was claimed that a good bombardier could put a bomb load into a pickle barrel! It was a lonely job with a massive amount of responsibility and stress.

Shot on board the B-17 Aluminum Overcast at the Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe, PA.
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dswilliams10 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
My Grand father was a pilot of a b-17. I used to enjoy how his face would light up when he told us of his memories of the war. Not all were happy moments. I had problems getting along with my step father and he and my grand mother raised me most of my teenage years. It was because of him that I joined the united states army where I met my wife of 29 years.
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's cool that your grandfather inspired you to join the service. I had grown up during the Vietnam War and watching the carnage on the nightly news. I had pretty much resigned myself to being drafted or enlisting, but 3 months before I turned 18, the war ended and I never looked back, went to art school and made a career as a graphic designer and illustrator. I do a lot of pro bono artwork for for Veterans groups, wounded Vets and for active duty units. Mostly shoulder patches and challage coins, but I also edit INVADER Magazine for the 13th Bomb Squadron Association.
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dswilliams10 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats cool! keep up the good work!
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SIDECARCYCLE Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
Great shot, I have been in "AO" several times when she would visit here. Access to the cockpit and bombardier postition were restricted during the tour, though.

And yes, I have always thought, what a lonely postition to man for a mission that might last 12+ hours!

I also can only imagine the fear that would come over you when a German fighter would be coming in at you head on! Or the Flack bursting right in front of you! I have thought the same thing where the tail gunner is concerned or bottom ball turent gunner! And as you stated, the entire mission rested on the lead bombardier, if he missed, everyone else did too!

Those guys will forever have my respect, just for the things that they did or had to do, because not only was it their job, but the fate of the free world depended on it!
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I've been AO, 909 and Yankee Lady as well as B-24 Dragon and His Tail.

Yeah, a lot of pressure at the seat.

My uncle was a waist gunner, other than the fear of not making it back, the cold was his biggest issue. Yeah, if they missed the target, they'd likely have to go back.

Mine too. Like you said, the fate of the free world depended on it.
-YD
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Professional
sweet shot
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks Bear!
-YD
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Mopar Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010
Very nice photo! It just reminds me of my recent ride in "Yankee Lady" I was in the nose for most of the flight...it was amazing!

I have one shot on my account now, but I have more....many more heheh

Oh, and the chin turret could only be controlled with that grip, I've never heard that they could be fired from the cockpit. You might be thinking of a B-25
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yankeedog Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks! That had to be a fun flight, I would have liked to have done that too, but didn't have the money.

Cool, I just checked that out. Was it difficult to photograph while the plane was in flight? I always remember my uncle saying about the cold, the noise and the vibration of the plane.

Yeah, your right, A/B-26 Invader too. I'll have to edit that, thanks!
-YD
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Mopar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
Photographing inside the plane didn't seem to be too bad really. Just had to be careful of being jostled/accidentally breaking the camera! I actually shot more video than stills, as there's nothing that expresses it more than the NOISE and motion, at least I think
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