My name is Caleb,I'm 15 and from Australia. I found this forum on the RAF/Commonwealth Air Forces reenactment forum.
I really like the Halifax (MKIIIB), and wanted to know about the Wireless op. Wikipedia says that the wireless op manned the front single Browning. I thought that would be the Bomb Aimers responsibility, since he hasn't much else to do on the way to the target, but help the navigator.
Also does anyone have info on Halifax Pathfinder Squadrons?
The crew positions in the Halifax MkIII, with the exception of the air gunners whose positions were self-explanatory.
Walking forward from the entry hatch on the port side the first was the flight engineers space directly behind the pilot. Then there were three small steps down to the wireless op's desk. Just in front of the wireless op was the navigator's desk and then lying down in front of him was the bomb aimer in the Perspex fairing.
I say the "flight engineer's space" because unlike the others in the crew, the F/E had to be able to move about in the fuselage to undertake any in-flight repairs or other emergencies such as fire fighting which might have become necessary.
The single machine gun in the nose was fitted on the MkIII onwards after the front turret was removed, but in the later years of the war head-on attacks by fighters weren't that effective, preferring to attack from behind and below instead so the forward facing gun tended not to be used that much, or if it was it was thought of as more of a frightener rather than an effective weapon.
Operation of the forward facing machine gun was usually the responsibility of the bomb aimer.