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B-24 Ball Turret Details | by John Funk from Golden Colorado
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B-24 Ball Turret Details

A Poem from

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner

by Randall Jarrell originally published 1945.


From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,

And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.

Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,

I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.

When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose


Online Comments on Flickr:

Sheley, D., Online posting, March 7, 2011

This is a pretty good graphic of why the B-24's ball turret retracted into the plane.

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Taken on February 20, 2011