Navigator's Position

Navigator's position looking forward

Navigator's position looking toward the rear. Notice the plywood side mount for the APN-9 LORAN indicator

The navigator arguably possessed the greatest array of technology available to any aicraft crew member in WWII. Not only did he have that most ancient of instruments, the bubble sextant, but he also had the following:

Stabilized drift meter
Loran navigation scope

...and of course the usual aircraft instruments, plotting instruments, and charts to make sense of all the data provided by these other instruments. There was good reason for the multiplicity of instruments. Many aircrews were lost, especially over the vast reaches of the Pacific, because of faulty navigtion. Famous examples like Lady Be Good, lost in the Lybian desert, made a variety of equipment for cross checking essential for the time.

Other equipment was also installed around the navigator's position, sometimes simply because there was room. The inverters below are typical of that "stashing."

500 watt 115 volt 400 Hertz AC inverters for avionics equipment

Mounted on the bulkhead beneath the LORAN indicator, these two MG-149 inverters converted 28 volts DC to 115 volts AC at 400 Hz for a variety of communication, navigation, and control needs. This approach was somewhat different from US Navy aircraft practice during much of the war, which relied on generators driven directly by the main engines.