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    Default Bristol Fairchild Bolinbroke for AG training in Canada 1944

    Hi all,
    would be anybody able give me a definitive answer from some reliable source what was the armament in the gunner turret of Bolinbrokes used for AG training at 4 BGS at Fingal in February-March 1944?
    Was there still one VGO or one Brownings or two Brownings or the unit may have both?

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    Default Re: Bristol Fairchild Bolinbroke for AG training in Canada 1944

    This will be incomplete as to the number of guns in the turret, but the training of Miller Gore Brittain, who attended No.4 BGS from 28 June to 17 September 1943, may provide a partial answer. By day he flew in Ansons and Bolingbrokes (24.40 bombing, 16.26 gunnery) and Ansons by night (4.05 bombing). By day he dropped 60 bombs at high level and 12 bombs low level; by night dropped 16 bombs, high level. Gunnery training in the air (Bolingbroks) was on Bristol turret with Browning machine guns; fired 300 rounds air-to-ground and 2,900 rounds air-to-air scoring 4.5 percent hits (slightly above course average, which was 4.25). On ground he fired 1,400 rounds on 200-yard range, worked with Bristol, Fraser-Nash and Boulton-Paul turrets, and spent 13 hours on turret manipulation. Ground school subjects were Bombing, written (168/300), Bombing, oral (158/200), Sighting, oral (65/100), sighting, practical (141/200), Aircraft and Ship Recognition (92/100), Signals (100/100). As Air Bomber assessed 369/600, as Air Gunner graded 306/400. “Average student. Fell down on bombing exams. Tried hard.”

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    Default Re: Bristol Fairchild Bolinbroke for AG training in Canada 1944

    Thank you Hugh, I think this would be enough for my needs.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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