WW II Aircraft

Click the icon to get started viewing images and reading related history of many types of World War II aircraft. Below are many more sites that have good lists of aircraft to view and read about. The icon to the right also has a good representative list of U.S. fighters and bombers. Click away and enjoy the site! (Don't overlook the sub-menu of the B-17 menu item.) The bottom of the page has links to World War II trivia.

List of World War II Aircraft

Click the icon to see a list of World War II aircraft during the flyover of Washington, D.C., May 8th, 2015. The flyover was in celebration of the 70th aniversary of VE day in 1945. A good look at the world of aviation during a most tumultuous time in world history. This link features U.S. aircraft, but several links provided at the bottom of the page will have MANY more aircraft listed from many nations that participated in WWII. One list from Wikipedia is quite exhaustive, and perhaps hold too much information to digest. If it flew in WWII, it is most likely on this list!

Mechanics

Aircraft spent many more hours on the ground with maintenance crews than with pilots in the air. Click the icon for images.

World War II was a "make-it-or-break-it" time for many aircraft from both sides of the conflict.

This competition for the skies ultimately led to the Cold War.

A few points to ponder.


A Seldom Remembered Name

The name of the B-29 that dropped the SECOND atomic bomb was called "Bock's Car". Everyone knows the name of the B-29 that dropped the first Atomic Bomb was the "Enola Gay."

The Soviet Copied the B-29

The USA engineered the B-29 with ingenuity and perseverance, then the Russians stole it. Their clone was called the TU-4. More info.

B-25 Mitchell

The B-25 Mitchell was named in honor of Major General William "Billy" Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation.

Tuskegee Airmen

The Tuskegee Airmen is the popular name of a group of African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought in World War II. The name also applies to the navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs, nurses, cooks and other support personnel for the pilots.

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