[quote=“DocAV”]Not only did the Germans have wing-mounted (remote) Turrets, but the Russians also had an early War (late 30s) design Bomber, with gun turrets in the inboard Engine nacelles at the rear…and manned!! Not a comfortable place to be if an engine caught fire…
But then the Russians also launched Paratroopers off the wings as well…no shortage of “volunteers”…courtesy of the NKVD ("jump or we shoot you, and then you fall anyway, comrade!!)
Doc, the Russians were very inventive. The first “airborne troops” were dropped off without parachutes. The pilot just flew over snow dunes and the poor guys dropped (dead sometimes).
In the 1960’s they became much more humane, having parachutes the pilot just pulled up with open loading bay doors and noone had to be asked and noone refused to jump.
Things can be so simple when humanity has not to be taken into account.