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Here is the Cathode Ray Tube it Carries the Refrence Number 8B/2507

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Village Inn. Mk11 Giro Gunsight with Cathode Ray tube Attached mounted in a Lancaster Rear Turret

Also included in the sale is this mint condition AGLT control box, this is unused and comes in its original packaging. It Carries the Refrence Number 10LB/6163

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This is the starter switch gear for the ARI 5559 and the ARI 5560 which is part of the AGLT Mark I system

This is the Village Inn Control and is Marked with the Air Ministry Reference 10T/6094

This is the Main Junction Box for the Village Inn. Nicely marked with the air ministry crown. Reference 5B/3331

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Its the radar connector which plugged into the radar dish at the rear of the turret.

Throughout Bomber Command, all aircraft had been fitted with "Z" equipment which would transmit the infra-red 'friendly' signal to any 'Village Inn' Lancasters they might come across.

Listed under is Z equipment designed to prevent friendly fire from Village Inn.

Village Inn AGLT components (pg3 gun)

We believe this to be the only and most comprehensive collection of the Village Inn AGLT system surviving world wide. None of the major museums throughout the world including Duxford IWM have these parts in their collections.

An extremely rare Village Inn  collection including a rare cathode ray tube ,control unit, starter switch and other parts shown/ Mounted in the rear turret next to the Mk 11 Giro Gunsight see under. Only a very limited number (less than 100) were ever fitted. 

AGLT stands for automatic gun laying Turret.

Village Inn was the codename for the British Airborne Gun in Turrets (AGLT) radar-aimed gun turret fitted to some Lancaster bombers in 1944

The AGLT system was devised to allow a target to be tracked and fired-on in total darkness, the target's range being accurately computed as well as allowing for lead and bullet drop.

The system was devised by a team led by Dr P.I. Dee and designed under the aegis of Chief Designer Dr Alan Hodgkin, after receiving a request from the Air Ministry for such a system in early 1943. It worked on a wavelength of 9.1 cm with a pulse frequency of 660 per second.

The system consisted of a transmitter/receiver unit mounted in the navigator's compartment and included an automatic ranging facility which relayed range information into the Computer section of a Mark II C gyro gunsight.

 The turret featured a small scanning aerial that followed the movement of the guns, and a Cathode ray tube (CRT) display screen positioned adjacent to the gun sight, the image of which was projected on to the gun sight reflector screen via a semi-transparent mirror.

To use, the gunner manoeuvred his turret until the target blip projected onto the sight reflector screen coincided with the normal gyro sight aiming reticule, at which the point the guns would be correctly aimed, the inbuilt characteristics of the gyro sight almost guaranteeing a hit should the gunner subsequently open fire.

Initially, ranging information was provided only at the transmitter situated in the navigator's compartment and was read-off to the gunner over the intercom the gunner using foot pedals to set the target range on the sight, however, in production equipment the process was made automatic, the range information being fed electronically directly into the sight, with the navigator's "running commentary" only being retained for the benefit of the rest of the crew.

Village Inn was evaluated and tested by the Telecommunications research establishment at RAF Defford using the Lancaster Mark I ND712 and the Lancaster Mark IIIs JB705 and LL737 and subsequently put into production.

 AGLT control box

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Village Inn control

Main Junction Box Village Inn

 

 

Radar Connector

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T1 bomb sight and Z-transmitter Equipment show in the centre of the image.

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Lancaster Z Friendly Fire Equipment (pg3 gun)

Top secret Z equipment used to prevent  friendly fire from Lancasters fitted with the AGLA Village Inn system. Z transmitted and picked up an infra red beam from any following friendly aircraft in the Bomber stream. Throughout Bomber Command, all aircraft had been fitted with "Z" equipment which would transmit the infra-red 'friendly' signal to any 'Village Inn' Lancasters they might come across. When picked up by the Z equipment  the guns in Village Inn Lancasters would be disabled and prevent friendly fire in the dark. A very rare piece for the serious Gunsight collector.

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Lancaster Z Friendly Fire Equipment boxed (pg3 gun)

Here we have a boxed version of the Z Friendly fire equipment.

This is in Excellent Condition

This Carries the Reference Number 5C/3157

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Lancaster Z Friendly Fire Equipment boxed 2 (pg3 gun)

Another mint boxed piece from the Lancaster Z friendly fire prevention system.

 

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Automatic Computing Gunsight manual for K-3 K-4 and K 9 (pg3 gun)

 

Information for combat crews

Operating Bulletin

 This a copy of  the operating manual for the K-3 K-4 and K-9 Gunsights used in B 17 Flying fortress and other US  Bombers

For a Wartime publication its quite humorous in getting the point across in the operation of the sights and basically staying alive

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Village Inn Cathode Ray tube (pg3 gun)

 Here we have a Complete Original Cathode Ray Tube that was used with the AGLT "Village Inn"

It is in a Very Good Condition

It Carries the Part Number 8B/2536

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Village Inn Cathode Ray tube 2 (pg3 gun)

 This one is just the shell but gives you a unique opportunity to purchase he rarest of aviation collectables.

 The tube at the bottom is plastic and not original it has been added for effect. The top lens holder is 100%  original and in very good condition.

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Village Inn Cathode Ray tube 4 (pg3 gun)

 This one is just the shell but has its original lens was found along with the complete unit shown above.

This Carries the Ref 8B/2507

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Giro Gunsight control box 2 (pg3 gun)

This is very nice original control box for the MKII Giro Gunsight's displayed on these pages.

Used by both the bomber and Fighter type sight's

This is Type B Mk. IV which carries the Reference No 8B/2534

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Giro Gunsight Range control (pg3 gun)

Here we have Giro Gunsight range control for the MkII  Ace maker. This is fitted in the cockpits of Spitfire's and other aircraft fitted with the ace maker giro gunsight. The range control is wired to the gunsight range control. It was attached by a cable to a twist grip I believe was mounted on the throttle grip to allow the pilot to adjusts the range of the gunsight without removing his had from the throttle.

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Ace maker Giro Gunsight Recorder Magazine  (pg3 gun)

This is The Film Magazine for the Gyro Gunsight . The film loads into this cartridge and it records the pictures from the gun camera.

Ref: 14A/4197

Mk.3

Specto Ltd

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G.45 Camera Gun Film Magazine (pg3 gun)

Here we have a Film Magazine for the G.45 Camera Gun

This Carries the Reference Number 14A/1393

25

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Visual radar receiver tube Village Inn  (pg3 gun)

AM 10Q/1475

This is another totally unique item. It comes in its original box.  Superb condition this mega rare find is Visual display tube which was fitted in a case in the navigators position. This displayed the position of the incoming fighter to the Radio operator presumably to allow him to warn the pilot and other members of the crew of an incoming fighter. It was connected to the Village Inns radar dish. This tube was also fitted in Mosquito and Beaufighter night fighters with radar for detecting enemy aircraft. You see it below to the right of the cockpit. 

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HIGH VOLTAGE Z TURRET CONTROL BOX(pg3 gun)

CONTROL BOX FOR SENSITIVITY AND RANGE FOR "Z" IFF TRANSMITTER FITTED TO REAR OF LANCASTER AIRCRAFT.

THIS CONTROLLED THE HIGH VOLTAGE Z TUBE FITTED (listed above)

 IN LATE 1944 FN120 AND FN82 GUN TURRETS. THE "Z" TUBE WOULD DETECT THE TWO INFRA-RED PROJECTOR LIGHTS FITTED TO BOMB-AIMERS BLISTER OF LANCASTER BOMBERS.

WHEN DETECTED THIS WOULD LOCK THE FIRING MECHANISM OF THE TURRET, PREVENTING FIRING INTO FRIENDLY BOMBERS.

MARKED WITH MILITARY BROAD ARROW. THIS WAS REMOVED FROM AN FN82 REAR GUN TURRET OF LANCASTER RT 686.

GOOD CONDITION. MEASURES 5" X 3.5" X 2.5"

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B17 Mid upper Turret Sperry K3 Gunsight  (pg3 gun)

Here are the internals from a Sperry K3 gunsight used in the Mid upper turret of the B12 Flying fortress.

 It is in good condition and might be useful for anyone carrying out a restoration or as a great display piece.

Shown under is an example of the complete Gunsight the sale only includes the piece shown left.

The K-3 is a computing gunsight used in used in Sperry upper gun turrets used on the B-17 bomber.

The K-4 is the same device with a different mount used in the Sperry lower gun turrets on the B-17.

Shown under is an example of the complete Gunsight the sale only includes the piece shown left.

The gunner inputs range information by estimating the size of the plane and adjusting its image in the attached optical sight so that the image fits within the reticules.

The gunner then tracks the target with the optical sight by moving the K-3 (mounted on a movable head) keeping the plane image centred in the reticules.

The sight movements cause the computing unit, which, based on the range information and built-in ballistics data, to calculates the deflection, or lead, for aiming the guns and moves the turret accordingly.

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