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    Hi,
    Whilst taxi-ing out for take off on ops, which of the crew of a Lancaster, would have to be in their positions, and who would have the opportunity to emerge from the emergency escape hatch on the top of the fuselage, to wave goodbye.
    Alan.

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    Maybe worth trying Bob Baxter at www.bomber-command.info
    He has a lot of stuff on Lancs, so may be able to help.
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    Hi Alan,

    From what I have seen in clips both gunners were in their positions, so if they are and the F/Eng or Bombaimer or Navigator were the extra set of hands on the throttle, so I guess all the crew were in their normal positions, so the one waving from escape hatch would be the bombaimer. That is only my thoughts of course.

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    John.

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    James/John,
    Thanks for the replies. My initial thoughts were also towards the B/Aimer being the one not having anything much to do at time of take-off. It's all to do with a high resolution photo i have aquired from IWM, for the nephew of the captain of Lancaster R5620, showing them prior to take-off on the op to Bremen, on which the crew were all lost.
    It shows one of the crew in the hatch, giving a high spirited two fingered salute to the camera, oblivious to the fate that awaited him and his crewmates.
    Regards......Alan.

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    What about the wireless operator?

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    I was listening to the Audio version of "Bomber" by Len Deighton which mentions that it was forbidden for the Bomb Aimer to be in the nose during take off. I am not sure if this is in the book or not, but quite a few veterans were involved in the audio recording, and it can be presumed that this is an accurate statement.
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    James

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