March 4, 2003

TAIL GUN

The standard tail gun in a B-17. The tail gunner knelt at his position
and may have been the most isolated of the crew. The position
provided powerful protection for the aircraft and enemy fighters
were never quick to attack a group of B-17's from behind. The
position also provided an excellent vantage point for viewing
the formation behind the aircraft. USAAF photo, from the
Webmaster's collection.