Original U.S. WWII USAAF Type B-2 Torpedo Director Sight in Transit Chest
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a genuine WWII issue USAAF Type B-2 Torpedo Director Sight, in excellent nearly unissued condition in the original case. As far as we can tell, the sight appears to be complete, and was never marked with an acceptance date, further suggesting that it is unissued. All mechanical features appear to function as intended. The glass sight is intact, as is the tinted glass sunscreen. The rubber eyepiece is still in good shape, with minimal deterioration.
Due to the delicate nature and shape, it is contained in a rather large 14"W x 12"H x 8" wooden transit chest.
The metal data plate on the sight reads:
B-2 DES 5009
SERIAL NO. 1764
M'F'D BY HOWELL & SHERBURNE, PASADENA, CAL.
FOR DOUGLAS AIRCRAFT COMPANY, INC.
This example really is in great shape, and would be perfect for any USAAF collection. Ready to display!
The US Army Air Force Type B-2 Torpedo Director is an optical, illuminated sighting device used on torpedo-carrying airplanes, specifically the B-25 Mitchell, the A-20 Havoc, and A-26 Invader, according to their WWII-era flight manuals.
It is mounted on a square bar forward of the pilot or co-pilot's station, and is adjustable over the length of the mounting bar. It could be installed with the sight lens below or above the mounting bar. Calculations are made by means of vector arms which are adjusted through graduated dials. In emergencies, this director may be used as an auxiliary gun sight for the airplane's fixed guns by adjusting the director to a position parallel to the center line of the airplane, and in alignment with the line of fire.
Given that the data label states that this director was made for the Douglas Aircraft Company, it is fair to assume that this would have been installed in either the Douglas A-20 Havoc or A-26 Invader.
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