PDA

View Full Version : gunner kill question



bhunter2112
05-27-2004, 01:05 PM
I am reading Osprey's ME110 aces book. It never mentions rear gunner kills. Were these figures recorded? You never hear much about it. anyone with a link or info?

bhunter2112
05-27-2004, 01:05 PM
I am reading Osprey's ME110 aces book. It never mentions rear gunner kills. Were these figures recorded? You never hear much about it. anyone with a link or info?

horseback
05-27-2004, 05:03 PM
In a night fighter, the rear gunner is for defense; his guns are unlikely to be able to take out a bomber, and are more likely to attract unwanted attention from the enemy's night fighters escorting the bomber stream, or the bombers' gunners. When you're sneaking up on a Lancaster, you don't use a 7.7mm popgun when you have 2X 20mm or 2X37mm cannon on hand. I imagine most nachtjager enforced fire discipline pretty seriously.

In the 110 at least, the gunner doubled as a radar operator, and that had to occupy most of his time. I doubt that many gunners got more than one or two kills using the rear armament.

cheers

horseback

"Here's your new Mustangs, boys. You can learn to fly'em on the way to the target. Cheers!" -LTCOL Don Blakeslee, 4th FG CO, February 27th, 1944