Military History/WWII Army Air Corp
My Father was a radar observer-mechanic Bombardment 2765 assigned to the 494th. What would a person in that position do? Where the part of the air crew? Would they also man a gun? Any help you can give me would be appreciated.
The radar/observer duties and descriptions can be found at the following two web sites:
This will bring up the complete manual entitled Radar Observers Bombardment File or ROBIF.
You can read the complete manual at this site dated July, 1945. The radar/observer was part of the air crew and as such was expected to man a gun as well.
A mechanic was part of the ground crew and was the one who kept the aircraft engines maintained and running. They wouldn't man a gun unless defending the airfield. May God Bless-Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard