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B-17 Ball Turret Gallery


Detail of the charging handle for the starboard machine gun.

In the cramped quarters of the ball turret, the ball turret gunner could not directly cock the gun; instead, the gunner pulled this handle, the cable of which attached to the machine gun, in order to charge (cock) the weapon.

B-17 Ball Turret machine gun charging handle at Champaign Aviation Museum
Time picture taken Thu May 22 06:09:06 2014
Location picture taken Main Hangar
Champaign Aviation Museum
Urbana, OH
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