The Collins Foundation  23            April 2011

The B-24 had a ball turret like the B-17 had except this one was retractable. The ball turret was lowered once the plane was off the ground and the landing gear up. This was necessary because of its very low ground clearance.

To the left side of the ball is the rectangular hatch that a man would enter through. Statistically, the ball turret was one of the safest crew positions during WW II as ball turret gunners had the lowest loss rate. In case you can't read what's on the hatch this is what it says: 'Locked when handles are inline with marks'. Looks like this hatch would be locked then.



Here is the other side of the ball turret. This side has a red arrow that lines up with another red mark. Right below the arrow says: 'B-24 - Elevate turret to this point before retracting'. Better not get this wrong if you were coming in for a landing.



This is the bomb bay area which had a few mock ordinance in place. In case you can't make out what it says: 'You'll get a bang out of this one'.



The signs at the bottom are how to arrange the bombs depending on their weight. The chart on the left is for 300 pound bombs and the right one is for 100 pounders. The cables on the right is how they would raise them in place. And you better make sure to obey the warning signs when your in this area too.



It wouldn't take much for one of these lines or wires to fail due to a well placed bullet.



Here is the cat walk going through the bomb bay room towards the front of the aircraft. It's very narrow and some people decided to turn around and go back because they didn't think they'd make it. To get through you have to walk sideways.


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