By literal definition, the most important member of the “bomber’s” crew was the Bombardier. Often stationed in the extreme front of the craft, the bombardier took control of the airplane during the bombing run. The bombsight was connected to an autopilot and the Bombardier had soul responsibility for the plane until the payload was delivered. Often he would serve as the forward gunner depending on the type of aircraft. Originally the position of bombardier was held by a sergeant, but in 1941the U.S.A.A.F. commissioned them as officers.