And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
nterior view of the ventral gun position of a TBM Avenger, 1942
Manned by the Radioman. There's a tunnel beside the turret leading up to the middle seat under the canopy.ReplyDelete
The view was only on the block -1 and early block 2 Grumman aircraft. Most of the windows and in the block-3's the gun, were eliminated as useless. It was an ANM-3 CAL.30 MG with only 300 rounds (1300RPM gun). About that same time (block 3) they made the door smaller and put one on both sides. Not that it helped much. If you were the RTO or gunner in a TBM-3 you had almost zero.zero % chance of getting out alive if shot down or ditching. GHW Bush got shot down twice. He lost both crews in spite of staying with the aircraft until the last possible second.----RayReplyDelete