Underside turret and the Lancaster

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by chipm, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    I am just assuming that the Lancaster "lacked" a ball turret to accommodate a larger bomb-bay.?
    Perhaps, also, because they flew mostly at night; the thought was a bottom gun was not needed.?
    At any rate, after it was all said and done, did the absence of a bottom turret prove to be much of a problem for the Avro Lancaster.?
    Thank You
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  2. Lindele

    Lindele formerly HA96

    Interesting technical question.
  3. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    This isn't my area and without doubt someone with vastly more knowledge on the subject will pop along soon to answer your question but the lack of an underside turret led the Germans to exploiting this blind spot with the use of upward firing cannons, the so called Schr├Ąge Musik. And I seem to recall that some Lancasters were fitted with a single underside gun facing the rear but whether this was just a trial or not I don't know.
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  4. Juha

    Juha Junior Member

    Just googling gives the following
    Lancaster FN-64 ventral/belly turret (For Mk1 & Mk2)

    It gives fairly good answer. One point not necessarily mentioned in the thread, I read only a part in the beginning, is that night sky is "always" lighter than "blacked out" wartime land, so it is much easier to see a plane against night sky than against land, so the attacking night-fighter had a clear edge against a gunner scanning through a periscope with its small field of view and a periscope always absorb some light.
  5. chipm

    chipm Well-Known Member

    Interesting..... Thanks
  6. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

  7. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    I believe that when previously looking at this book online, The Avro Manchester - The legend behind the Lancaster by Robert Kirby, it showed experiments to fit ventral turrets to the Avro Manchester, with photos.
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