B-29 Superfortress Gun System Controls?

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    I've always been interested in the gun system on the B-29. I understand that they were all remotely controlled from a central aiming station, or stations. Does anyone have any good sources of information on just how they worked, how the aiming systems were interfaced, and how effective they were, compared to say B-17 or B-24 manual systems. Or for that matter, how the remote turrets were controlled on those planes. I've done some searching, but what I've come across hasn't been very satisfactory.

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    When XXI Bomber Command on the Marianas (LeMay) ordered the guns removed from the B-29s on low level missions, what was removed? The barrels and the ammo? Or the entire turrets of the remote control system? Would it even be possible to remove the turrets??
    If it was "just" the guns and ammo removed, how much weight was actually saved? Apparently, no one was really checking to see if a crew had them or not.
    And how many rounds of .50 calibre was aboard a typical B-29 mission?
     
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    All the turrets (to include the guns) and I believe the actual fire control system. The tail gunner remained.
     
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