Focke-Wulf Fw 190

The story of how a captured Luftwaffe Fw 190 led to the development of the Spitfire Mk IX, the best close-in fighter of WWII

The story of how a captured Luftwaffe Fw 190 led to the development of the Spitfire Mk IX, the best close-in fighter of WWII

The capture of an Fw 190 The Fw 190, one of Germany's best fighter airplanes of World War II, made… Read More

2 months ago

USAAF P-51 Mustang pilots tell the story of when they shot down a flight of Mistel combinations on their way to attack the Royal Navy’s home fleet at Scapa Flow

The three combinations shot down on Feb. 3 had been on their way to participate in Operation Dragon’s Lair, a… Read More

1 year ago

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland explains why Operation Bodenplatte, the final large-scale low-level attack on Allied airfields was Luftwaffe’s Death Blow

'The Luftwaffe received its death blow at the Ardennes offensive. In unfamiliar conditions and with insufficient training and combat experience,… Read More

1 year ago

Thanks Luftwaffe: that time a P-51D Pilot left on a mission flying a Mustang and RTB flying a German FW 190

P-51D pilot Bruce Ward Carr A highly decorated US Air Force (USAF) colonel, Bruce Ward Carr (Jan. 28, 1924 –… Read More

2 years ago

The story of Major George E. Preddy, the most successful P-51 Mustang Pilot of all time that was Killed In Action in a Tragic Case of Friendly Fire on Christmas Day 1944

With a final official score of 26.833 aerial victories, Major George E. Preddy remains the most successful P-51 Mustang pilot… Read More

2 years ago

The last mission flown by Oberleutnant Oskar Romm, one of the Luftwaffe Expertens to end his war flying the Focke-Wulf FW 190D-9

One highly experienced Luftwaffe pilot to end his war flying the Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-9 was Oberleutnant Oskar Romm, the Gruppenkommandeur… Read More

2 years ago

High Flight: the story of WW II Anglo-American Royal Canadian Air Force Spitfire pilot John Gillespie Magee and of how The Most Famous Aviation Poem is Born

Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee Jr. and his High Flight poem. On Dec. 11, 1941, as the world was reeling… Read More

2 years ago

Memphis Belle pilot tells the story of the B-17 Flying Fortress raid on the Focke-Wulf plant at Bremen (featured in Memphis Belle movie)

‘German fighters could be seen coming up from the ground and I have never seen so many at one time,’… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 German fighter aircraft created panic in the RAF when it appeared in late 1941

The Fw 190 appeared in action over northwestern France in September 1941 and rapidly proved its superiority over the Mark… Read More

4 years ago

Final Dogfight – May 8, 1945: Who scored the last aerial victory of the air war in Europe?

There are numerous reports of American and Soviet aircraft engaged in combat with one another on May 8 and afterwards.… Read More

4 years ago

How a captured Focke-Wulf Fw 190A led to the development of the Spitfire Mk IX, the best close-in fighter of WWII

'Fighter pilots of every nationality thought the Spitfire Mk IX was the best close-in fighter of them all,' AVM 'Johnnie'… Read More

4 years ago

Piggybacks! USAAF P-51 Mustang pilots explain how they were able to shoot down a flight of Mistel combinations over Germany

"I turned into the second combo with my wingman Lt Moore behind me. I fired a short burst from 90°… Read More

4 years ago

Flying the Seafire: a comparison with the Vought F4U Corsair and Hawker Sea Fury

"We had several interesting dogfights with the much larger and more powerful F4U Corsair. In turning dogfights, the Corsairs were… Read More

4 years ago

The story of the Blohm & Voss BV 155, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 on Steroids that Never Was

Had it somehow been rushed into production sooner though, the BV 155 might well have made itself useful in combating… Read More

4 years ago

The Story of Bruce Carr, the P-51D Pilot who left on a mission flying a Mustang and RTB flying a Luftwaffe FW 190

Col. Carr didn’t really have time to line up on the runway, he just gunned it across a corner of… Read More

4 years ago