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    Default Reference on "Type Z Equipment"

    I am looking for a reference that describes the "Type Z Equipment". I understand these are the "Goggles" on the Bomb Aimer's blister on later photos of Lancasters and that they put out some sort of infra red signal. I know they were in use in 1945 and dad's navigator regularly records that "Z" OK and also when it was switched on. Harris mentions Type "Z" Equipment in passing in the section on the A.G.L. Turret, but does not describe them in any detail. If anyone has or knows of such a reference, preferably wartime, I would be pleased to learn of or receive same.

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    Hi Jim, the Z equipment is basically IFF for AGLT. I have the trial report, I’ll email later.

    Richard

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    Default Re: Reference on "Type Z Equipment"

    Thanks Richard. That would be generous of you. Since posting I have found a discussion on the development of "Z" equipment and the A.G.L. Turrets in Basil Dickens tome, Operational Research in Bomber Command. I posted a link to this document somewhere on this forum. I will edit this post and put it in.

    Edit: The handwritten pagination: pages 507-515. It's an infrared system with some sort of morse transmission that is set pre-raid.

    https://lmharchive.ca/operational-re...tegic-bombing/

    Jim
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    Default Re: Reference on "Type Z Equipment"

    Thanks Richard. Those documents are much more specific and detailed than the information in Dickens’ treatise.

    Jim

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