Crew - Mid Upper Gunner

Personal particulars

Had very good night vision


The crews primary observer, on the lookout for

  • enemy fighters
  • other bombs getting close

Manned the turret for the entire trip

Physical position in plane

Location of mid upper gunner

Sat on a seat, in the mid upper gun turret that was little more than a sling,that was disconnected when getting in or out of the turret


A typical uniform consisted of a helmet, oxygen mask, parachute, boots, shirt, trousers, tie, gloves, a whistle and an escape kit.

The mid upper gunner and rear gunner would also wear a flying suit as these positions meant that they was exposed to the elements. It was electrically wired and adapted for use under extreme conditions by using a variety of electrically heated linings, gloves and boot liners.

AWM 045301Seen from the navigator's dome or station near the front of an Avro Lancaster bomber, a wireless air gunner sits manning his guns in the aircraft's mid upper turret during an air raid to the Ruhr Valley in Germany. 45301