33 Tragic But Remarkable Color Images of World War II


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Sperry Ball

This American airman is in a Sperry ball turret which was attached to the bottom of a B-17 or B-24 for defense against enemy fighters. To be in one of these plexiglas balls, you had be a short man to operate both 50 caliber machine guns and fit inside. To be in one of these spheres was a dreadful job because most of the enemy planes would be targeting this first and most of them used explosive shells, many men died in these small balls of death. 

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