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Hi all and thanks for the numerous & warm welcome, and for checking out my shots.
WW2 aircraft was my first interest in military history from when I was about 10 years old. I learned all sorts of details, specs and histories of the aircraft, and even the difference yet interrelatedness of the Allison & Rolls Royce Merlin inline engines with Mustangs through the D model. I thought it was normal for a 10-12 year old kid. I found out when I started dating in high school that it is not the case.. use your imagination as to what happened in the awkward years after ;-)
I had the fortunate opportunity 15 years ago to ride on a B-17. It was part of a fundraiser for the McMinnville (Oregon) Historical Flight Museum. Below are photos/film scans from before the time I became a more serious photographer. I sat in the tail gunner position as we took off. It was eerie - the craft did not force through the air, rather it floated up like a heavy balloon, yawing in the wind. I was struck by the solitude in the tail position, entirely cut off from anyone else on the plane. I had read about the experiences of tail gunners in this regard, but to experience it was a different matter altogether. It was instantly easy to feel like everyone else on the plane didn't even know that I was there. I felt like a stowaway. If that is anything like how these gunners felt, all the while getting shot at, during the war, well, all I can say is that my respect for such (or any) veterans is even greater.
Quite an eye opener. I hope you enjoy the shots.
Nose section, chin 50 cal in foreground
Navigator position, port side
Nose section, bombsight and 50 cal in foreground
Top turret looking aft
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