Re:How could a Ball Turret gunner fall out of a Ball turret?
Bill has it pretty well pegged.
Of course if he had either failed to hook his back belt, or opened it on purpose, he could fall out should the door be blown off or otherwise opened. I had heard of gunners who opened their door to attempt to get access to clear a jammed gun, but that seems foolish in the extreme.
I not only couldn't take a parachute with me into the ball, I couldn't take a flak helmet or flak vest. Very tight quarters.
S/Sgt, 35 missions
Ball Turret Gunner, Goldin crew
381st Bomb Gp., 533rd Bomb Sq.
US 8th Air Force
Author: "The View From The Bottom Up" memoir