View Full Version : Aerial Gunnery training in the Airforces

Deaf Smith
03-14-2010, 08:46 PM
It's well documented how in WW2 the American USAAF went to some very extreme measures to train their gunners on the bombers to shoot well.

Such as:


and specificly:


and this good one:


Even going so far as to mount Browning A5 shotguns on pedestal mounts in the back of trucks and driving down a road while skeet targets were sent up for them to shoot.

Even later with operation Pinball, using P39s, very heavily armored, and bombers with special ammo to shoot at the P39s as they simulated attacks.

So the question is, what did other countries in the war do to increase their marksmanship abilites in arial combat among the gunners?


06-08-2010, 12:09 PM
I've been working on an article about my dad who was a gunnery instructor at Harlingen, TX. General Spivy visited the RAF around the start of WW2 and apparently the British influenced the AAF training quite a bit. I have Dad's Model 12 Winchester (Skeet grade) and a whole bunch of pictures because he was a flight photographer/Flight Engr./TT gunner. He was with the 4th Air Force. Wish I could help more.