Meet Fred Bieser – World War II Airplane Turret Restorer

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Some hobbyists restore cars, some restore airplanes. But for the past 30 years, Fred Bieser has been obsessed with restoring the gun turrets that were mounted onto World War II bombers.

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We visit his workshop in Georgia to learn about how he converts crumpled balls of rusted metal into beautiful working mechanical turrets that you can actually operate.

Fred has restored 7 turrets to their original condition and they are fully operational. His goal is to restore 20 turrets to working condition, with 7 already completed.

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He believes that turrets are the most under told part of World War II history, because there are not many of them around.

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