B-17 fragment- what is it?

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  1. seesul

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    Hello,

    this fragment was found at the B-17 crash site. Does anyone know what is it?
    Part of any gun turret equipment (?) would I say?
     

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    Difficult to say being such a small fragment Roman, but it could be part of the end of one of the ammunition feed guides, or the 'flexi-feed' chutes!
     
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    Any part numbers Roman? Possibly a switch guard?
     
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    I guess there´s no number on it:( but gotta ask. I got this pic by e-mail. But don´t think so, otherwise a freind of mine would tell it to me...
     
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    I´ve posted it at armyairforces and sent the pic to one former B-17 engineer as well...so let´see...
     
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    Joe, here´s a copy of the e-mail I just got from the former B-17 engineer:

    Roman...It appears to be the label that was attached to the selector gun switches on the Sperry Upper Gun turret....also could be the same for the lower ball turret as both were by Sperry.

    Each gun...Left and Right had a selector switch which allowed the gunner to select either one or both guns to fire.



    Jim :)
     
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    Very cool! Where did you find it?
     
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    Not me...a friend of mine in the woods 6 miles away from my born town.
    Most of the parts like that ended up here: http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/aviation/august-29-1944-museum-sanov-czech-republic-9882.html
    Attached the pics of the particular a/c where this particular label hanged once...
    It belonged to 99thBG and the it was trasferred to 2ndBG...
    There was only one survivor...and I´m in touch with a nephew of a tailgunner. He should visit me in next years...
     

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