Guns in Turrets on Sunderlands at Rest on the water

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Guns in Turrets on Sunderlands at Rest on the water

Postby sunderlandmr5 » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:50 am

Hi all

Need the collective wisdom and knowledge of my
fellow brethren/sisters on this forum.

To my knowledge, it was common practice to remove the X4 mounted .5 Mgs mounted in
the bow prior to landing and mounting them after take off, ramifications of this
easy enough to understand the where and why fors.

What I am having some issue with is this:

I have seen a number of photos of WWII Sunderlands (any mark) that are at rest on the water,
or being beached, which appear to have no guns in the turrets, possibly the crew have removed them.
There is a storage area in the "cloak room" where there is a ledge for them to be stored
upright vertically.

I have seen another photo where the guns remained in the stern turret, had canvas covers placed over
them, to protect against rust/salt water damage (this was either a Mk I/II, winter of 1939/40).

Question is, was it standard operating procedure to remove the guns/store them on board
(maybe after the 1st year of war?) once the aircraft was secured to the bouy and prior to the
crew disembarking for the day.

My flying boat manual says nothing about this, as do my books etc

Can anyone shed any light on this?


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