Air Force T-Shirt The Tail Gunner: B-25 With Gunners T-shirts

Air Force T-Shirt The Tail Gunner: B-25 With Gunners T-shirts

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Air Force T-Shirt The Tail Gunner: B-25 With Gunners T-shirts

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The front of this tee shirt design features a B-25 Mitchell bomber on a night mission, being lit up by search lights and avoiding the ack-ack guns (anti-aircraft fire) represented by the bursts of orange around the aircraft.

The back of the shirt focuses on the tail gunner.  There were few jobs on the aircrew of a bomber that was as dangerous as the tail gunner.  The aircraft had a one in three chance of surviving a sortie, the tail gunners odds were less.  Many of the men that joined the Air Force received their wings and were capable of flying the plane but were given the position of tail gunner because they were the smallest guy in the crew.

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The tail gunner’s primary role was a lookout for attacking enemy fighters, particularly in bombers operating at night As Bombers were so large, tail gunners were actually the Pilots’ rear view mirror and as such were in constant communication with the Pilot through an interphone; the tail gunner would advise the pilot to engage in radical evasive maneuver such as to dive or climb or to perform a corkscrew roll to best ward off the threat of an attacking fighter. Firing guns in defense of the aircraft was of secondary importance.

Missions that penetrated deep into enemy territory could last up to eight hours and be filled with anxious anticipation as all eyes searched the skies for enemy defenders. They could expect attacks by fighters armed with machine guns, canon and rockets as well as heavy anti-aircraft fire from the ground and even bombs dropped from above. The bombers were expected to maintain their positions at all costs - in order to provide the best defensive fire and to assure the most devastating results once their bombs were dropped.

The planes were unheated and open to the outside air. The crew wore electrically heated suits and heavy gloves that provided some protection against temperatures that could dip to 60 degrees below zero Fahrenheit / -51 degrees Celsius. Once above 10000 feet / 3048 metres they donned oxygen masks as the planes continued to climb to their operational level that could be as high as 29000 feet / 8400 metres. Nearing the target, each crew member would don a 30-pound flak suit (or a weight of 13.6 kgs.) and a steel helmet designed to protect against antiaircraft fire. Parachutes were too bulky to be worn all the time, but crewmen did wear a harness that allowed them to quickly clip on their parachute when needed.

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