Wearing my portable oxygen unit, carrying my parachute, I carefully crossed the narrow 4-inch catwalk through the bomb bay
, the only thing between me and the earth 25,000 feet below.
A pair was in the aft bomb bay
on August 6 to counterbalance the bomb in the forward bay.
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Lockhead Hudsons were an American design converted to accommodate a pilot, navigator, air gunner and bomb aimer, not forgetting two homing pigeons (just in case), with a bomb bay
, gun turret and emergency sea dingy.
His bomb bay
doors opened, and the bombardier dropped the four 500-pound incendiaries they were carrying, setting the munitions factory afire.
The P-8A is based on a modified version of the Boeing 737-800 to include a maritime surveillence radar and electronic intelligence equipment as well as a bomb bay
, under wing and under fuselage for weapons.
Allied contingency planners had devised a system whereby food could be air-dropped by bombers using panniers, known as "blocks." Four of these blocks could be fitted to a standard Lancaster bomb bay
. Each block weighed 1,254 pounds and held 71 sacks containing sugar, dried egg powder, margarine, salt, cheese, tinned meat, flour, dried milk, coffee, cereals, tea, high vitamin chocolate, potatoes, etc.--all supplied from the British Ministry of Food's reserve stockpiles.
As the crew arrived over the drop site, Werth recalled, "A little red light came on to my left to signify that the bomb bay
doors were open.
Our team discussed the discrepancy and agreed that we would assume that it was normal, based on the fact that this condition can occur when the bomb bay
system is operated with only one hydraulic pump.
Next the plane was hit in the bomb bay
and caught fire before Bowers was again struck by flak, almost severing his leg at the knee.
Next, the plane was hit in the bomb bay
by an anti-aircraft shell and caught fire before Bowers was again struck by flak, almost severing his leg at the knee.