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1A member of the armed forces who operates or specializes in guns, in particular.
- ‘The team leader made his decision quickly, and ordered his three gunners to open fire.’
- ‘At the age of 16 he was called up for war service as an anti-aircraft gunner and was taken prisoner.’
- ‘The gunner can operate either from within the vehicle or from a remote position up to 80 meters away.’
- ‘Every legion was of 50 men. 25 riflemen, 10 gunners, 5 snipers and 10 explosive.’
- ‘Because of his blazing speed, Foster also will be used as a gunner on special-teams coverages.’
- ‘Cramped in the tank for 36 hours at a time, he and a gunner, radio operator and Commander helped to hold a bridge outside the town.’
- ‘Only the shock of the explosions and the occasional back blast of dust when a gunner opened fire reminded us we were in the midst of the most desperate urban battle since the fall of Baghdad.’
- ‘You should nominate your best marksmen as snipers while your all-arounders act as assault gunners or sappers.’
- ‘Eight basic character types are available, from the infantryman common to all game maps, NCO specialists, support troopers, machine gunners, snipers and paratroopers.’
- ‘Laser simulators have also sharply enhanced training realism for tank gunners and infantry small arms.’
- ‘The gunners had all opened fire at more or less the same time.’
- ‘The gunners spotted his jeep from the high peaks and targeted it - just for fun.’
- ‘Squads of combat-equipped troops toting assault rifles and columns of Humvees with gunners at the ready crisscross its flooded streets.’
- ‘Today, September 7, is a special day for 3L gunners around the country.’
- ‘Indeed, the wartime German school for gunners and crewmen lasted a full month, with a relatively small portion of the instruction devoted to actual live fire marksmanship.’
- ‘Either the gunner or the commander operates the turret control system.’
- ‘The 148 Btry. consists of radio operators, gunners, and a support staff.’
- ‘Furthermore, each team member should be capable of assuming at least one other team member's duties, to include radio telephone operators, machine gunners, and drivers.’
- ‘He was a gunner and wireless operator in the 18th Armoured Regiment in Sherman Tanks.’
- ‘When the mines had detonated the machine gunners and everybody else opened fire.’
- 1.1A member of an aircraft crew who operates a gun, especially (formerly) in a gun turret on a bomber.
- ‘The visibility was limited for this gun and the top turret gunner provided adequate coverage of that area anyway.’
- ‘Allied fighters could not touch it, and it presented bomber gunners with a near impossible leading aim calculation.’
- ‘Reg was the rear gunner in a Wellington bomber when it crashed while returning from a bombing mission in France.’
- ‘My top turret gunner tracked him and kept firing until he saw him smoking, then bursting into flames and spinning toward the earth and then crashing.’
- ‘His medical studies were interrupted by the second world war, during which he was a rear gunner on Lancaster bombers.’
- ‘Meanwhile, Doug Sample, a Canadian veteran of the war, who served as a gunner in Halifax bombers of the Canadian 415 Squadron, has made his 20th visit to York.’
- ‘He flew 27 missions as a gunner on board Lancaster bombers before being selected in March 1943 for the now legendary 617 Squadron.’
- ‘Even though the ball turret gunner forgot to level his guns, we crash landed with out incident.’
- ‘My boyhood dream was to be a tail gunner in the Royal Air Force.’
- ‘The flights were in trail, too far away from any gunners in our particular flight.’
- ‘In World War II, anxious bomber crewmembers advised their gunners to use up the entire 27-foot-long machine-gun ammo belt on a persistent target.’
- ‘But the 17th mission proved to be the last the gunner and his 10 fellow crew members would fly.’
- ‘About the same time, the tail gunner calmly reported that he had been hit.’
- ‘The pilot, navigator, and the gunner lived in three entirely separate social worlds.’
- ‘This method had its dangers since the P38 was subjecting itself to antiaircraft fire from defenders as well as gunners aboard the Japanese bombers.’
- ‘The gunner's ejection seat, however, was retained and can be occupied by an instructor or flight examiner.’
- ‘He flew 56 dangerous missions over Germany as a rear gunner on a Lancaster bomber.’
- ‘He crawled back into the Mitchell and found the badly-injured turret gunner still inside.’
- ‘There are several roles players can take on such as a fighter pilot, turret gunner, bomber, ship captain and base defender to name a few.’
- ‘The tail gunner rotated the turret and opened fire on a dark shape less than 300 yards out.’
- 1.2historical A naval warrant officer in charge of a ship's guns, gun crews, and ordnance stores.
- ‘But the ship's gunners were experienced and past their initial confusion and surprise.’
- ‘Eric saw action in the Second World War as a ship's gunner in Burma, Malaya and the Middle East, before returning to the market.’
- ‘He stayed aboard with his first mate and a naval gunner.’
- ‘A Royal Navy gunner remembers action on board HMS Ramillies on WW2 People's War.’
- ‘Within three minutes, those of her 48 crew and the ship's gunner who had not managed to get into the lifeboats were in the water and swimming to them.’
2A person who hunts game with a gun.
- ‘And, for the avid rooster hunting gunner, there's really only one breed to consider.’
- ‘The ‘hot tank’ is the prize of the brush country - especially for the gunner unlimbering a light gauge for the bounty of close incomers.’
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