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Radar Operated Rear Turret - Testing

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Radar Operated Rear Turret - Testing

I was given a brand new Hurricane, a brand new Hurricane with two radio sets in it - one for bomber command, one for fighter command. And I then went to what was called the Bomber Command School there. And there was a special project on to train air gunners to use radar to fire out of the back turret. This was a new secret sort of thing called "Village Inn", they were just developing it. And it had 2.5's which the British had never never used in a bomber before. And the turret was all blacked out and the man had to fire on radar. Now he wasn't firing bullets. He was using his cine film which was just the same. My job was to take off with this man and fly around and carry out attacks on him. And he was in his blacked out turret firing with you know with his cine gun following me and everything. And these guns were just following me all the time. The first time I did it, I was so impressed I thought he must be cheating. I couldn't understand how he would have been doing this although I had been told but it just seemed to be working too good to me. So after we landed and everybody went in, I went over, hung around my Hurricane and I went over and I looked around very carefully the turret to see if he'd scratched off a little bit of paint somewhere but he hadn't.

Mr. Warren becomes involved in the testing of a new radar operated gun in a rear bomber turret. His role is to act as the enemy fighter while tests are run on the new radar's accuracy. Mr. Warren is impressed by how well the new technology works.

Douglas Warren

Douglas Warren was born on May 28, 1922 in Nanton, Alberta. His father, a farmer, was an isolationist emigrant from the United States. One of four children, Mr. Warren had an identical twin brother with whom he was very close. They had always wanted to fly, and enlisted in the Air Force in 1940. Mr. Warren completed his pilot training in High River, Alberta. Once overseas, he joined #165 Spitfire Squadron in Ayr, Scotland, and was involved in the air battle during the Dieppe Raid, as well as later flying cover on bombing raids. He then joined #66 Squadron at Falaise, France, flying the new SpitfireMK9B in ground attack operations. Mr. Warren was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Mr. Warren's exemplary career continued after permanently joining the RCAF. He became Fighter Leader for Canada's Meteor Jet Squadron, served in the Korean War, was a NATO pilot instructor in Germany, and served time with NORAD. Mr. Warren eventually became Assistant Base Commander at Comox from where he retired with the rank of Wing Commander.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
May 7, 1999
Person Interviewed:
Douglas Warren
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force
166 Squadron
Wing Commander

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