In this picture, we are standing in the cockpit looking back over the
flight deck. Three sliding seats were provided for the various operations carried out here.
The flight deck hatch at the top center of the picture was removable and often during
taxiing on the ground, the pilot would ask a crew member to "man the hatch" as
an additional safety observer. After the seats is a tunnel over the wing beam into the
radio compartment and a hatch (door) into the "afterstation" area.
Generally, while we were on patrol, the first seat (nearest) was all the
way forward and unoccupied. The second was for the aircraft navigator and the third was
mine. My primary responsibility (as 'first tech') during a regular patrol was as radar and
ECM (Electronic Counter Measures) operator. When I acquired a target (on radar) or
intelligence on a target (ECM), I would report my findings (headings, distance, electronic
signitures, etc.) to the pilot and the navigator and a decision would be made whether to
investigate more closely.