favorite gunner position in a b 17

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favorite b 17 position what would you want to be in the most?

  1. Ball

    3 vote(s)
    14.3%
  2. Waist

    6 vote(s)
    28.6%
  3. Tail

    2 vote(s)
    9.5%
  4. Nose

    1 vote(s)
    4.8%
  5. Top

    9 vote(s)
    42.9%
  1. J dog

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    what position would you want the most?
     
  2. J dog

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    I want a nose gunner because the scenery is beautiful that is with the exception flak isn't bursting around you!
     
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    What about top turret?
     
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    You'd have a outstanding view from the ball turret, but i'll bet nobody picks it.
     
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    Why anybody pick any of them? I doubt any of them were "favored".
     
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    I think he means if you were a gunner on a B-17, and you had a choice, what gunner position would you rather be ?
     
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    In the spirit of the thread....

    Hard choice. Ummm...waist gunner?
    Maybe I wouldn't feel as trapped as other positions.
    _BEL9904 B-17G N93012 Nine-O-Nine interior waist gunners compartment l.jpg

    A lot of ammo !!
     
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    I read that the ball turret was the "safest" place to be and being a short-a$$, that's where they would stuff me. Back to work.......

    Geo
     
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    yes me doing this early in the morning I was an idiot and forgot that. If you say that as your choice just comment it! But come on who hasn't had one of those mornings?
     
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    Chin turret on a B-17G
     
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    yes that is exactly it so wait so how'd you know? are you stalking me!? :shock: oh wait that's just me.
     
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    I would pick top turret. Nice view and that's where my dad was in 24's
     
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    I've got 8th AF stats on accuracy and if I recall correctly, the tail position was most accurate. This same analysis also has percentages of likelihood of survival for each position. I wanna say that ball turret had least risk of not returning injured/alive.
     
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    How likely was it for a ball turret gunner to be able the get out of that turret, put on his parachute, and survive, when a B-17 was shot down ?
     
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    You do know that the nose position was primarily the Luftwaffe's favorite target also, right?
     
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    Being too tall for the ball turret, I think that I'd make myself at home as waist gunner....
     
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    Think I'll go with the top spot....
     
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    yes but i love a good fight!
     
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    I believe you to be correct, but not by a huge percentage. I really should pull those 8th AF stats out. Perhaps this weekend sometime. Off to soccer.
     
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    Let's think of the disadvantages of some of the positions.
    Ball turret- couldn't be very comfortable, and unlikely you'll be able to abandone aircraft very quickly.
    Waist gun- drafty as heck, think of frostbite.
    Nose guns- exposed, plexiglas in front of you isn't going to stop much.
    Tailgun- all by your lonesome back there, and also one of the Luftwaffe's favorite target.
    Top gunner- can't think of anything yet, but there's gotta be something bad about it.
     
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