After a lovely, and necessary, holiday impasse I’m back on the saddle and feelin’ just like this mate…
Startling portrait of a Lancaster tail gunner in his FN (Frazer Nash).20 turret. Meaning business. Armed with a quartet of .303 Brownings, the FN.20 tail gunners were nevertheless outranged and outweight by the cannons of the German “natchjägers”. Mind you, not useless at all; the tail gunner main function was to co-ordinate the defence thanks to his better view of the dangerous rear sector.
This well-equiped “tail-end Charlie” wears the classic Irvin sheepskin jacket, “C” type flying helmet, “G” type oxy mask and sturdy VII goggles devoid of the truly unnecessary flip-down polarizing screen.
Photo: Jacques Morin’s private collection