Wimpy crews used flame floats overhead sea and flares to drop overhead land when they got lost during bad weather - flares on chutes also to illuminate the target area before bombing. As the aircraft flew on the rear gunner would keep the float or flare in his gun sight and in so doing the turret would turn automatically. He would read off the angle of drift on the special scale marked on the base of the turret and inform the navigator. So they could check the wind speed and direction he was using to plot the course for the pilot to fly on...
I'm wondering what kind of flares and flame floats they used. Where they have been stored on board the Wimpy and how they looked like? Are there any technical darwings or pictures available? I'm apprechiating any help on that topic. Regards, Kurtl