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    Hi all, I have found very nice picture of navigator's place with his tools numbered but there is not a caption for the photo available. Antone can help me with the correct identification of each tool?

    http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item?a...=e011197756-v8

    So far I was able to put together following caption:

    1 - scale ruler?
    2 - navigation computer
    3 - scribing compass
    4 - navigation ruler
    5 - sextant
    6 - looks like sextant box?
    7 - some kind of checklists unknown to me, navigator was filling there some turning points etc.?

    TIA

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    1 = Navigation Protractor/Plotter
    It is square so it can be lined up with the 'Grid Lines' on the chart and then angle/track/course etc can be marked/calculated.

    2 = Navigational Computor (Mk 3 ?).

    4 = Navigation Protractor (American type ?)
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    5 is a bubble sextant- got a MkIX on the shelf next to me
    6 is the storage box for the sextant, usually contains the power lead, batteries and spare bulbs.

    Alan.

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    Chaps, thank you both for additional info.
    Much appreciated

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    Hi all,

    after an additional search I would say I have found two more particular items:

    1 - https://www.historicflyingclothing.c...4#.W_-XmDFunPZ

    4 - http://collectair.org/Good_Stuff.html - under title "NAVIGATIONAL DRAFTING MACHINE FOR AIRCRAFT, AN-5750-1 - 1942"

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    Just out of interest - do you know the Aircraft type in your original picture/image ?

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    Well to be honest I was concentrated on the tools but today when doing additional research I became also interested in the aircraft type. I think it would be one of the American types used by the RCAF.
    Otherwise except the fact that it seems to me there is nearly no space for feet I was not able to establish the type yet.

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    Just for interest:

    2 - I think it would be a Dalton Dead Reckoning Computer Model G produced in Toronto:

    https://www.paratrooper.fr/en/flight...000024621.html

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    bvs

    just for your interest - your question about the aircraft type forced me to a further search and after few unsuccessful bets I got it!
    It is a B-25 Mitchell - confirmed by pictures in the manual, pg 49+50:

    http://www.avia-it.com/act/profili_d...5_Mitchell.pdf

    So the only unanswered point remains the number (7).

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    Well done Pavel
    I had realised from the bac-lac website that it was probably an A/C from No5 OTU Boundary Bay,BC
    From that I deduced it was probably a B25 but did not manage to find an image to confirm.

    rgds baz

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