What's the deal on the four .50 cals in the belly position on the B-17 @ 2:27 min?

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    #1 m37b1, Mar 26, 2014
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    There's not 4 .50s on the belly - you're seeing the ball turret then the chin turret in the background.
     
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    Correct.. I caught that after I posted. Left the vid up, cause I thought folks here would like it.
     
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    Gees, you really have to respect the bomber pilots. IMO it takes a lot of just to fly a steady bombing run while fighters are chewing away.

    Great post.
     
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    The sequence which starts at about 1:21 here


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTKBbjaBzCc

    is more than a little sobering.
     
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    They did make a 4 x .50 cal. ball turret. I have seen it. I believe it was in the NASM collection. I have a picture of it somewhere. I assume it was experimental.
     
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    Not this one, but I found this on the internet. Looks like a nose, top or rear unit.

    sperrygyro151turretWWII.jpg
     
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