tail gunner

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(Mil.) A member of the crew of a bomber airplane who operates the defensive gun at the rear of the airplane.
- W. C. Russell.

See also: Gunner

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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