aerial defensive gunner

Here’s why the B-29 remote controlled turrets were worse than B-17 and B-24 manned turrets in protecting the aircraft from enemy fighters

Here’s why the B-29 remote controlled turrets were worse than B-17 and B-24 manned turrets in protecting the aircraft from enemy fighters

B-29 Superfortress remote controlled turrets. Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first B-29… Read More

3 months ago

The story of Alan E. Magee, the B-17 belly gunner who survived a 20,000-foot fall without parachute from his damaged Flying Fortress

B-17 belly gunner Alan E. Magee SSgt Alan E. Magee, belly gunner of the B-17F Flying Fortress 41-24620 "Snap! Crackle!… Read More

6 months ago

B-52D Diamond Lil tail gunner explains how he scored the last confirmed kill by a tail gunner in wartime 

"I fired at the bandit until it ballooned to 3 times in intensity then suddenly disappeared from my radar scope… Read More

5 years ago

HERE’S HOW B-52 TAIL GUNNERS TURNED THE BUFF INTO A MiG KILLER

The BUFF MiG kills were both scored during Operation Linebacker II, the Christmas strategic air offensive against the industrial and… Read More

6 years ago

EXCLUSIVE: FORMER BUFF GUNNER REVEALS INTERESTING DETAILS ABOUT B-52 “IN HARM’s WAY” INCIDENT

"The Weasel WSO launched the HARM "in the blind" hoping a threat would come up and it would take it… Read More

6 years ago

INTERESTING FOOTAGE TELLS THE STORY OF ONE OF THE LAST B-52 GUNNERS

On Sep. 16, 1991 SAC eliminated the gunner position and deactivated the guns on the B-52 as a cost reducing initiative… Read More

7 years ago

[UPDATED] LAST B-52 GUNNER RETIRES

Over his career Chief Master Sgt. Rob Wellbaum logged over 6,500 flight hours with over 1000 flight hours on the… Read More

7 years ago