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Title Norden Bombsight Stabilizer
Accession Number 2014.81
Description Norden Bombsight Base/Stabilizer M9, s/n# N13685

The Norden bombsight was the most famous bombsight in use by the USAAF and US Navy during World War II and some later wars. The stabilizer provides an autopilot system to fly the plane on the bombing run to improve accuracy.

Our stabilizer was brought back from the WW II Pacific Theater by Dr. Paul E. Turrentine MD, who served as a Navy surgeon during the war. He was the father of donor John E. Turrentine MD of Elkin, NC. Actual service history of the stabilizer is unknown.

A Norden bombsight without the the stabilizer base is on display in the Carolinas Aviation Museum. It was donated by Tom Ferebee, the bombardier on the B-29 Enola Gay crew that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.
Object ID 2014.81.01