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    Default Halifax parachute drill

    Hi all,

    I found a nice poster about parachute drill for Halifax bomber but unfortunately two small to be able to read it. Can anybody help me to get it in higher resolution?

    http://navigator.rafmuseum.org/simpleSearch.page.do

    and type parachute drill

    Or only following information will be enough:

    1) Normal method - what was the bale out sequence?
    2) Emergency method - which escape hatch was used in the rear part? What was the bale out sequence of both groups?

    TIA

    Pavel
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    Default Bale out method

    Hi Pavel,

    I'm not sure whether this recollection applied to the Wellington or Halifax, but my father, an RCAF tail gunner, told me he used to keep his parachute behind the tail wheel and, if need be, his drill was to get the chute on, then get back into his turret, turn it to one side, open it and fall backwards.

    Does anyone know else about this practice?

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    Thanks for reply.
    Yes it was used by the rear gunners at all types to have the arachute near the turrent or in the turret and bale out directly from turret.

    But I am interested also in the drill for the rest of Halifax crew.

    Pavel
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    From AP 1719B for Halifax II : For bale out the rear gunner usually did the drill as described in other post. He could also use the ventral hatch just behind the mid turret, as did the mid gunner and anyone else in the rear section of the fuselage behind the main spar, including anyone in the 'Rest Area'. If the Halifax ditched there were two hatches just forward of the dorsal turret, the manual backup dinghy release was just forward of the rearmost hatch. The Pilot, W/Op, Navigator, F/Eng, Bomb-aimer could get out relatively easily through the nose hatch (relative to the Lancaster, that is), one reason why the Halifax was popular with its crews. The ditching route for the front crew was through the cockpit roof.

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