Luftwaffe

During a British raid over the Ruhr in 1943 a Luftwaffe night fighter shot down a RAF Halifax. The resulting huge blast shot down two RAF Stirlings too.

During a British raid over the Ruhr in 1943 a Luftwaffe night fighter shot down a RAF Halifax. The resulting huge blast shot down two RAF Stirlings too.

The 77 Squadron Halifax II (KN-D, JB837) piloted by Sgt R. Lewis was attacked by a night fighter at 17,000ft,… Read More

3 years ago

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

The B-17 Flying Fortress The B-17 Flying Fortress is one of the most famous airplanes ever built. The B-17 prototype… Read More

3 years ago

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

The gun turret operators among the prisoners said that there was no way they could rotate their turrets fast enough… Read More

3 years ago

F-14 Tomcat pilot and TOPGUN instructor tells the story of when he nailed a MiG-29 in a 1v1 dogfight

Captain Sam “Slammer” Richardson forced the MiG-29 pilot to call “Knock it off.” Afterwards, he said the Fulcrum pilot could… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the RAF Hurricane pilot who rammed a Luftwaffe Do 17 bomber and saved Buckingham Palace

As the Do 17 broke up its bombs fell, unarmed, over London. Two 50 kilo bombs fell in the grounds… Read More

3 years 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

Luftwaffe Dornier Do 217 bombers sank the Italian battleship Roma by means of the Fritz X, the first ever precision-guided bomb deployed in combat

The Dornier Do 217 became the first aircraft in military aviation history to deploy a precision-guided bomb in combat in… Read More

3 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

The dogfight that proved the Dutch Fokker G.1 fighter was a serious threat for Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109

The Bf 109 that first attacked him was turning to get on the G.1’s tail but 1e Luitenant Gerben Sonderman… Read More

3 years ago

Here’s why the Lippisch P.13a Mach 2.6 experimental ramjet-powered delta wing interceptor designed by Luftwaffe during WWII is the weirdest aircraft ever conceived

The Lippisch P.13a never made it past the drawing board, but testing of wind-tunnel models in the DVL high-speed wind… Read More

3 years ago

The Boeing YB-40: how the B-17F strategic bomber was turned into a four-engined escort fighter

The YB-40 could carry nearly triple the amount of ammunition - 11,200 rounds as compared to 3,900 rounds carried on… 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

“Eurofighter will play a fundamental role when FCAS arrives,” former Typhoon pilot says

“The European nations involved in planning the next FCAS systems won’t be able to get the best out of them,… Read More

3 years ago

During the Battle of Britain, a lone German Arado Ar 196 reconnaissance seaplane fought against six RAF Spitfires. And shot one down.

The RAF learned that the Ar 196 could be a surprisingly dangerous opponent if flown by an able pilot. Beating… Read More

4 years ago

Airbus offers 85 Tranche 5 Eurofighters to the Luftwaffe to replace its fleet of Panavia Tornados

In April the German government approved the buy of 30 Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet multirole and 15 EA-18G Growler electronic… Read More

4 years ago

Volksjäger: the story of the Heinkel He 162, the Nazi wooden jet fighter

The Heinkel He162 was one of Nazi Germany's last ditch attempts to win back the control of the skies with… Read More

4 years ago

The story of the Focke-Wulf Triebflügeljäger, vertical take-off and landing tail-sitter interceptor with three rotating wings that never was

Each of the three wings was tipped with a combination ramjet and 300kg thrust solid fuel Walter starter-rocket. The Focke-Wulf Triebflügeljäger… Read More

4 years ago