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WW2 Aircrew Gunnery Manual (1944)

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Prepared by Deputy Chief
of Naval Operations,
and Commanding General
U.S. Army Air Forces


An original WW2 Air Gunners manual, published by the US Navy in 1944. This manual was intended for the use of USN and USAAF Air Gunners, covering all aspects of the theory and practice of air gunnery. It describes how to make sure the bomber’s defensive fire would hit the mark, and looks at the various methods of allowing for deflection and the relative closing speeds of aircraft etc. With advice and comprehensive instructions on the handling and maintenance of Browning machine guns, how to deal with attacks by enemy fighters, and how to operate the various different types of gun turret. It would have been very useful for all front, mid-upper, ball turret, waist, and rear gunners in understanding the best way to counteract fighter attacks.

Very well illustrated throughout with numerous photographs, coloured diagrams and line drawings, this manual would have been an essential bit of kit for US or allied air gunners.


In very good condition. The leatherette binder cover is in good condition, with signs of use and some marks. The binding is very good and secure. The text and illustrations are in very good condition, with some wear to the page edges.

Published: 1944
Illustrated with line drawings (many coloured), and photographs
Dimensions: 225mm x 290mm
Pages: 330