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    Hello,
    Just a quick question on the role, the position occupied by the "mid-upper gunner", in a Wellington Mk. X, for this model does not have a top turret.
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    Dan

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    Hi Dan, would it be possible to obtain more details to understand the context, the source (document) where it is written?
    As you have already noted, it does not make sense for Wellington Mk. X.

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    Hi

    Having recently trawled through a number of OTU ORBs I came across quite a few references to mid upper gunners in training as though they were being training with the rest of the crew prior to moving to HCU.

    Malcolm

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    Hi Malcolm,

    my previous research about ŘCAF crews trainined in the UK in 1944 showed that mid-upper gunners + flight enigners (attached from the RAF) always joined the crew at the HCU.
    But there would be exceptions from rules - as usual so I think it you got the point. They might by flying with the crew and swap with the rear gunner for example to get some practice.

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    Remember that there was no such trade as "Mid-upper gunner", or "Tail Gunner" - just "Air Gunner", so a trained air gunner could swap with another if required, although generally in Bomber Command it would seem that once settled into a certain position in the crew, air gunners tended to stay with the same turret throughout their operational tour. Air Gunners often trained on various types of turrets during their training, but once settled into operations on a squadron they tended to stay with same type.
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    David you are right!

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