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    Posted: January 20 2011 at 11:00am

Eight 303 in machine-guns. Nose Gunner:- 2 X 0.303" Browning machine guns, 14,000 rounds. Fire Power 300 rounds/minute each. Frazer Nash Turret. Mid Upper Gunner:- 2 X 0.303" Browning machine guns, 12,000 rounds. Fire Power 300 rounds/minute each.

Frazer Nash Turret. Rear Gunner:- 4 X 0.303" Browning machine guns, 10,000 rounds. Fire Power 300 rounds/minute each. Mounted in a Frazer Nash Turret. Hydraulically operated. Early in 1944 a new turret by Rose was becoming evident. It was equipped with 2 X 0.5" Browning machine guns and was mainly used by No.1 Group. This turret was large enough to house two gunners.
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isn't 300 rpm low for a Browning, assuming we're talking about a 1919 model?
 
those are beautiful planes btw.
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Archer that information may be for the Vicker which had a slower cycle rate this information was given to me I did not research it
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I have been in the tail turret of a Lanc.It traversed by hand crank.Most T/G's removed the perspex pane in their front & were "face to face" with mother nature.
The poor T/Gs were no match for the Hispano cannons mounted in the German planes.
I read the last letter my buddie's mother recieved from her brother, before he was shot down.
"...Monica, I may as well be throwing popcorn at them, for all the good it does."

Sadly, only 2 left flying in the world, now.One here in Hamilton,Ontario & one in England.
Still, the purr of those Merlins is UNMISTAKABLE! When she's joined with the Spit & a "Hurry", it just about makes ya cry.
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F.O.I.: the Fraser Nash mid upper turret was model FN.50.The armament was Brownings, It had the biggest bomb bay of ALL bombers of WWII.It was a 1936 design.It was derived from the MANCHESTER bomber.BUT..that programme was spurred by the first flight of the Boeing 299- a year earlier-later to become the B-17.299 displayed combination of defensive & offensive arms,speed,altitude & range.RAF wanted something superior.THIS was the way of future airwar.
Germany was now the likley enemy-so range had to be @ least 2,000 miles,& defend itself in DAYLIGHT.
Fraser Nash was developed by 2 Ex-Royal Flyind Corp pilots."Tommy"Thompson & "Archie"Fraser-Nash.
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My Uncle Walter was a Lancaster PO in the RCAF. He was shot down in 1944 and buried in Rheinberg Germany.

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My favourite recollections of my father, were the trips to Williamstown RAAF base for Airshows back in the mid 50's.
 Lancasters and Lincolns were beautiful to a young boy, filled with war stories and wide eyed at the majestic aircraft, I was an eager player when asked if I would like to sit in the cockpit or gunners seat.
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I am envious of you. 
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Don't be, my father was killed when I was nine, left a big hole in my life.
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I am sorry for your loss.
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Fingers crossed soon to be another in England that will take to the sky. Two brothers have owned a Lancaster as a memorial to there older brother who died while aircrew in a lancaster. The aircraft has been allowed to do taxi runs but not to take to the air, now new engine are being fitted so we may see her fly again.
I had the honour to have a flight in the rear turret of the Battle of Britain Memorial flight Lanc some 25+ years ago. 
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That must have been quite a ride.
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Yes it was. I was stationed there and had just finished my duty, when they were taking her up for a test flight after doing engine runs after a major service. It was right place right time. Never forget that trip, we flew over Lincoln Cathederal when the Spitfire and Hurricain joined us, they were also doing test flights. 
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Wow!
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I can hear the Merlins! Nothing like 'em on THIS planet!
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Wow,
I saw a lancaster here in my local airshow. That thing was a amazing plane one of my favorite bombers from ww2.
I can't imagine riding in one. I just thought it was amazing walking through a b 17
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