To the best of my knowledge no special vehicle was required or used. The bombsight was actually carried in a canvas zippered bag. It is true that security was high. The Bombardier was required to sign out the bombsight from the vault storage building and was then escorted to the aircraft by armed guard(s) or MP’(s) in probably no more than a jeep. The reverse procedure occurred after the mission was completed. The bombsight was kept covered until the aircraft was in the air.
Here are some websites to peruse; this site gives the best description of the procedure.
This building has been restored, but the website photos have not been updated as yet. The Historic Wendover Airfield is one of the only AAF sites with an original Bombsight storage building with original vaults. If you get to the States and find your way to Utah, Please come visit the museum.
Other websites of interest: Maxwell AFB http://www.maxwell.af.mil...story.asp?id=123218962 Historic Wendover Airfield tour http://exploringtheameric...ur-august-27-2011.html B-17 Panels http://b17panels.com/id8.html Bombardier's Oath http://www.centennialoffl...EN_BOMBSIGHT/DI145.htm Perhaps there is a Bombardier on the Forum that can shed more light on the actual combat procedures and protocol.
Hope this helps, Scott M.
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