Luftwaffe

“Things don’t look rosy for our big cities:” Here’s what the Luftwaffe’s leadership thought of the B-17 after their first encounter with a captured Flying Fortress

“Things don’t look rosy for our big cities:” Here’s what the Luftwaffe’s leadership thought of the B-17 after their first encounter with a captured Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress design emphasized high altitude flight, speed, and heavy defensive armament… Read More

1 month ago

The day Luftwaffe Bf 109Gs were overwhelmed by Fleet Air Arm F4Fs and why the little Wildcat could be more than a match for the legendary Messerschmitt Bf 109

The F4F Wildcat First flown in February 1939, the rugged and heavily armed F4F Wildcat became the Navy/Marine Corps premier… Read More

1 month ago

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

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flew in every combat zone during World War II, but… Read More

1 month ago

WWII Luftwaffe Fighter Pilots explain why attacking a B-17 formation from behind was like ‘trying to make love to a porcupine that is on fire’

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress design emphasized high altitude flight, speed, and heavy defensive armament in… Read More

2 months ago

When Allied POWs at Stalag Luft III saw a Me 262 flying above the camp were so shocked they feared Germany could still win War World II

The Messerschmitt Me 262 Nicknamed Schwalbe (Swallow), the Messerschmitt Me 262 surpassed the performance of every other World War II… Read More

3 months ago

Meet the B-17 All American: the Flying Fortress that made it home after being sliced by the wing of a Luftwaffe Me 109

The B-17 Flying Fortress Although the B-17 Flying Fortress prototype flew in 1935, only a relatively small number of B-17s… Read More

4 months ago

The story of Walter Beckham, the P-47 Thunderbolt pilot and Eighth Air Force’s Leading Ace shot down while pioneering Airfield Strafing Tactics against Luftwaffe Aircraft

Airfield strafing attacks In his “New Year’s Message,” USAAF commanding general Henry “Hap” Arnold ordered Eighth AF to “Destroy the… Read More

5 months ago

The day Luftwaffe Bf 109s attacked USAAF P-38s escorting 72 B-25s and failed to shoot down a single bomber thanks to the determined defense mounted by the Lightning pilots

Luftwaffe Bf 109s Vs USAAF P-38s USAAF fighter pilots experienced a baptism of fire when flying the technically advanced P-38… Read More

5 months ago

The story of the Horten Ho 229 WWII German low-drag Bomber, the first Stealth Aircraft that never was

Stealth aircraft Low observable technology, widely known to the world as stealth, aims to reduce as much as possible the… Read More

6 months ago

Legendary Stuka pilot Hans-Ulrich Rudel recalls what it’s like to fly the Ju 87G, the tank busting Ju 87 fitted with 37 mm Cannons that allowed him to destroy 12 T-34s in one day

‘Because of the cannons the Ju 87 manoeuvrability is disadvantageously reduced and its landing speed is increased considerably. But now… Read More

7 months ago

On the night of Nov. 14, 1940 Conventry was flattened by 552 Luftwaffe aircraft that dropped 535 tons of bombs. Yet, Coventrians morale recovered quickly.

Goebbels’ Propaganda Ministry falsely attributed a new verb, Coventriert (to ‘Coventrate’), to the British public. The Blitz - the German… Read More

7 months ago

Watch the Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe WW II jet fighter displaying for the first time in the UK

Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe displaying for the first time in the UK Filmed at RAF Fairford during Royal International Air… Read More

8 months ago

The Luftwaffe Me 262 pilot who might have gone supersonic two years earlier than Chuck Yeager: the story of Hans-Guido Mutke

Hans-Guido Mutke mentioned his experiences of Apr. 9, 1945 during a conference to mark the 50th anniversary of jet powered… Read More

8 months ago

The Me 163 that intercepted a Spitfire PR XI but failed to engage because the rocket powered fighter ran out of fuel just as its pilot was about to commence his attack

Although the Me 163 rocket powered fighter had a frighteningly high-top speed and rate of climb, its endurance was very… Read More

8 months ago

The story of the “Messerspit:” when Germans fitted a Spitfire with a DB 605A, they found it was better than the Merlin Version.

A new engine support structure was built onto the Spitfire’s fuselage and the DB 605 engine and cowling panels added.… Read More

9 months ago