The Stinger's Tail: Part One

Producer: Victor Vukosavljevic Duration: 29:00 minutes

It was a run and gun battle 1,200 miles long. High above Germany, they fought against the Luftwaffe’s deadliest fighters. Armed with the most sophisticated turrets ever devised the air gunners from the United States Army Air Force and Royal Air Force not only battled for their lives, but for the success and key to Allied victory – strategic bombing. After World War II, the air gunner and the powered turret all but disappeared. New jet bombers relied on height and speed for protection, but they did retain one defensive turret – The Stinger’s Tail.

tags: stinger, tail, turret, b-17, boulton paul, defiant, lancaster, wellingston, RAF, WWII