Tail Gunner:- 98 Raids In World War II
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||2002|
By the close of the Second World War, Flight Lieutenant Chan Chandler had flown a remarkable 98 missions, 65 of them with No. 49 Squadron and 28 with the famous Dambuster Squadron, No.617. In addition he flew five trips with No. 1 Photo FU.
His career started early in the war, flying the twin-engined Handley Page Hampden, an aircraft that did not boast any power-operated gun turrets and which was particularly vulerable in the presence of night-fighters. Later, he moved into the lonely en of the venerable Avro Lancaster. In that aeroplane the tail turret was power driven and boasted four .303in (7.7mm) guns.
Chan describes in vivid detail, the experience of the remote tail gunner's position, what it was like to be cramped into a Perspex cocoon for seven hours, your only link with the crew via RT.
This is an extremely vivid recollection of life with Bomber Command, and more significantly, life with 617 Squadron under Leonard Cheshire, VC.