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    Can anyone advise me on where I might be able to find diagrams showing the profiles of all gun turrets fitted to the Halifax and Lancaster.

    I can find photographs and diagrams of some of them, but I was trying to find a consistent format that I can include on the 35 Squadron website

    Any thoughts?

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    Pete
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    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hi
    Check out Discovery do an advanced search on "gun turrets" and AIR 10 you will get about four pages of hits.
    Steve

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    Steve

    Do you know if these contain the profiles that I am looking for?

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete

    No I don't but a lot of the pieces in AIR 10 are Air Publications (AP) the technical manuals issued/used by the RAF. I have seen other AP docs on weapons - bombs, rockets etc that contain technical-type drawings. Quite a lot of the APs are also held at the RAFM they might be able to give you a better description if you enquired about a specific turret.

    Steve

    PS For some unknown reason when the NA was constructing the descriptions of the pieces in AIR 10 they did not include the AP number.

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    Air 41/82 is the Official History: 'Armament Vol II - Guns, Gunsights, Turrets, Ammunition and Pyrotechnics'. It doesn't have 'standard diagrams', but lots of photos, including of the turrets in 'standalone' format and without Perspex (possibly only the 'main' turrets get this treatment, but all turrets get a write up).

    Richard

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    Thanks, as always, for your feedback; I will pursue the various options mentioned in your posts

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    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Pete

    I did come across this pdf file for sale:

    https://www.mlrsbooks.co.uk/bookstor...t/item973.html

    Not cheap, but maybe cheaper than a trip to Kew, and much cheaper than the printed version (ISBN 9781847917218).

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    Simon

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    Thanks .... that provides me with exactly what I need ..... sorted

    Regards

    Pete
    Main areas of research:

    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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