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Experimental Bell Chin Turret (B-26 Tail Turret) Removed

Contributor - Robert Livingstone

Info Contributor - Tom Brittan

Original 445th BG aircraft - arrived in UK on 24 Nov 43. Not listed on a report dated 28 Dec 43 from 445 BG to 2BD of names and pictures on aircraft. Repaired at Woodbridge, Suffolk, 23 Apr - 12 May 44 - structural damage. Flew 27 combat missions with 445th BG / 703rd BS (RN G). Original Emerson A-15 nose turret was replaced by a special "glasshouse" cover with a Bell power turret taken from a B-26 tail position and installed in the lower part of the nose, with the bomb sight and clear sight panel positioned above. Declared war weary Aug 44. Flown by Col. Al Key for Operational Engineering back to Wright Field, USA, on 6 Nov 44.

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