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    Default Halifax navigator and the bomb aimer seating.

    I am told early Halifaxs had a single seat for the navigator when they were known as observers and dropped the bombs as well. When having bomb aimers became common practice, the single seat was replaced by a bench type seat for the navigator and the bomb aimer. Anyone know when this was?

    A model is being built of a BII built in the second quarter of 43, we think it would have had a bench type seat for the navigator and the bomb aimer. Are we correct, any thoughts?

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    Welshbob
    is the model you are building the B MK II Series 1 with the dorsal turret, Perspex nose fairing with single machine gun and rectangular tailfins and the radar bulge below the central fuselage?
    Note the navigator and wireless operator sat side by side, below the pilots position facing the left hand side. The bomb aimer prone position with front gunner above front gunner(Wop/AG). The bomb aimer without a proper seat could use the rest bunks when required. The Mid Upper (Dorsal) AG sat in the turret and the rear gunner in the rear turret.
    The flight engineer/Second pilot sat in a seat directly behind the pilot on the left hand side of the plane.. When the second pilot or flight engineer were required to sit next to the pilot a right hand folding seat could be clipped in place and crew access to the front of the aeroplane would be beneath this seat.
    In the early part of 1943 the B Mk V was introduced with different landing gear which was in turn replaced by the B MkIII in 1944
    Last edited by Researchingreg; 13th November 2014 at 12:42. Reason: tried to add photo

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