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i.e. Did the extra guns take over the place where the rear gunner normally sat, thus depriving him of his cockpit position?
I have checked numerous online references to this and they don't agree. Some say three crew, some say two.
Anyone know for sure?
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• Standard practice was 2 man crew with radio/ radar operator also serving as rear gunner.
• 2 man crew with radio/ radar operator only in this role, rear gun deleted.
• 3 man crew with dedicated members to their function as radio/ radar operator and rear gunner.
On replacing spent SM ammo:
The pilot has a counter for the ammo levels. And there are at least 60 rounds (90 in the bigger drums) in a drum for the SM MG/FF. A short burst will make you spent between 3-10 rounds per gun only. A drum replacement is not that necessary, that you need a man on permanent standby. If necessary the radio/ radar operator could just do it.
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