B-24 Liberator

Here’s why the B-29 remote controlled turrets were worse than B-17 and B-24 manned turrets in protecting the aircraft from enemy fighters

Here’s why the B-29 remote controlled turrets were worse than B-17 and B-24 manned turrets in protecting the aircraft from enemy fighters

B-29 Superfortress remote controlled turrets. Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first B-29… Read More

7 months ago

This Japanese H8K flying boat tried to collide with a US Navy PB4Y but crashed after missing it by just 25ft

Lt Graham Squires reduced power to avoid overshooting the flying boat, but as he was about to cross over the… Read More

1 year ago

Remembering the Schweinfurt-Regensburg Mission, USAAF’s most disastrous air battle to date.

Although the raid caused heavy damage at both factories, 60 of the 376 bombers—about 1 in 6 of those dispatched—were… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why the B-29 could have had a higher loss rate than the B-17 and B-24 over Germany in 1943

The B-29 was primarily used in the Pacific theater during World War II but how would it have fared in… Read More

3 years ago

A Mighty Fortress: why the Boeing B-17 is the best bomber ever built

Little did Boeing know that with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress they had designed an aircraft that would set the… Read More

3 years ago

The day U-boat U-134 shot down K-74: the story of the only US Navy blimp lost to enemy action in World War II

While US Navy blimps were useful for finding and pinning down U-boats until other help arrived, they were not supposed… Read More

3 years ago

Project Castor: the story of B-17 and B-24 bombers converted into flying bombs and aimed to destroy Luftwaffe’s V-1 sites

The idea of converting existing aircraft into power-driven controlled bombs began in January 1944 at the Special Weapons Branch of… Read More

4 years ago

Operation Tidal Wave: Why the 1943 Raid on Ploesti Oilfields Failed to Diminish the Supply of Fuel to Germany and its Allies

The Romanian Gendarmerie reported that the USAAF had suffered 214 dead in Romania, but also reported that some B-24 aircraft… Read More

5 years ago

The B-25 ‘Bridge Busters’ and the GLIP bombing technique

Getting direct hit on a target only 15 ft wide from medium altitude was challenging. Experience showed that even near… Read More

5 years ago