Gunnery and manoeuvring instructions

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Gunnery and manoeuvring instructions

Description

Details evasive manoeuvres and gunnery. Three paragraphs - 'Sighting' - Tail Gunner, Evasive Action - the'Corkscrew' and Tail Gunner - aiming during the 'Corkscrew'.

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

Contributor

Laura Morgan

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One typewritten sheet

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Identifier

MHarrisonR[Ser#-DoB]-151208-05

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[UNDERLINED] 'SIGHTING ' - TAIL GUNNER' [/UNDERLINED]

Enemy fighter attacking from dead astern - breaking away upwards or on the level 1 RAD in front of apparent motion, fire continuously until E/A passes through the sight.
E/A breaking downwards - 1 1/2 - 2 RADS ahead of breaking motion, maintain continuous fire until E/A passes through sight.
Enemy fighter attacking from the quarter. 2 RADS in front of motion, and during diving turn build up deflection to 3 RADS and never decrease below 2 RADS.

[UNDERLINED] EVASIVE ACTION - THE 'CORKSCREW' [/UNDERLINED]
Tail gunner to Pilot - "corkscrew port - - - GO !"
Turn off course 30 degrees diving. Dive 800 ft. Change over to rolling when nearly at bottom of dive so that aircraft is in the correct position for the climb to starboard.
Speed should be 220 mph IAS. Climbing turn, as steep as possible should take aircraft 30 degrees on other side of original course.
When speed drops to 150 mph change to rolling and start dive.

[UNDERLINED] TAIL GUNNER - AIMING DURING THE 'CORKSCREW' [/UNDERLINED]
Aim 1 RAD above E/A starboard wing. As dive progresses increase to 1 1/2 RADS. During the roll fire point blank.
On the climb 1 1/2 RADS beneath opposite wing decreasing to 1 RAD. Point blank on the roll.

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Citation

“Gunnery and manoeuvring instructions,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed November 21, 2019, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/7935.

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