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Very nice, type B8 chute .

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The B-8 would more likely been worn by a pilot or somone who was sitting down. Gunners typically used the harness with the clip on chute for more mobility in the aircraft or in tight spaces like turrets. The B-8 is scarce and yours is a very nice example

Tom Bowers

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Nice parachute....I have read ball turret gunners wore a modified B-8...24 vs 28 ft if I recall...either way it was a smaller canopy, and did not take up as much room....parachute wear in reality was dictated by availability, space, and preference...and there might be a regulation out there stating who should wear what type of parachute...but after reading many accounts from vets...they wore what the unit had and what they preferred...

 

so bottom line...it could fit a waist gunners rig.. nice it has the early bayonet style attachments

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Waist gunners required more freedom to move and generally were issued QAC harnesses with the separate chest pack. According to regs, generally either back or chest types were allowable, although this does vary depending on the type of plane, and sometimes even the model.

 

QAC's were comfortable, but they had a significantly higher malfunction rate when compared to the B-8.
However, back types were always in short supply. By the end of 1943 the shortage ran in excess of 100,000. In fact, to make up the shortage, thousands of seat harnesses in excess supply were modified into B-8s in 1944.

In short, it is allowable to use the B-8 for a waist gunner, but certainly would not be the norm.

 

Also, bayonet hardware on the B-8 actually runs opposite the norm. Initial harnesses used the snap hook hardware while late war examples use the bayonet fasteners. The drawing numbers between harnesses are actually different.

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