Talk:Tail gunner

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death rate[edit]

they are said to have a life expectancy of 4 filghts —Preceding unsigned comment added by 202.156.66.110 (talk) 13:47, 19 November 2007 (UTC)

I agree that it might be interesting to have a statistic on this, as I gather it was always the most dangerous location to be on the bomber. Are there any sources that might corroborate this? Rob (talk) 23:05, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

corkscrew[edit]

What was a "corkscrew roll"? Drutt (talk) 18:42, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

It was a manoeuvre that RAF heavy bombers used to evade attacking German night fighters. It consisted of a diving turn to either side, followed by a gut-wrenching climbing turn in the opposite direction.This was then repeated in various combinations of dive/climb and turn left/turn right, in such a manner that the aircraft's longitudinal path through the air resembled that of a corkscrew. The manoeuvre had a specific purpose, which was to remove the bomber from within the restricted 60-degree cone of coverage of the night fighter's Lichtentein radar, and it was devised and tested against a Junkers Ju 88 with this equipment that had landed at RAF Woodbridge sometime earlier. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 80.4.57.101 (talk) 22:21, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

Obselesance[edit]

The section stating the advancement of air to air missiles and subsequent counter-measures seem to negate the effect of obselesance of such weapons since if missiles could be deflected by counter-measures then the likelihood of a gun battle is to increase, not decrease. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.236.66.250 (talk) 07:23, 19 October 2010 (UTC)

Last flier/plane in a formation.[edit]

There is no mention of the Tail End Charlie slot in a formation. It is usually used to refer to the trailing pilot/craft in a fighter formation. An example would be the trailing plane in the Blue Angels formation.

Georgejdorner (talk) 17:35, 20 July 2013 (UTC)