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Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland recalls when He nearly Burned to Death after his Messerschmitt Bf 109 was badly damaged by a RAF Spitfire

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland recalls when He nearly Burned to Death after his Messerschmitt Bf 109 was badly damaged by a RAF Spitfire

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland By far the best-known of Germany’s World War II fighter pilots and air leaders, Lieutenant General… Read More

3 weeks ago

USAAF P-38 pilot recalls colliding with a Luftwaffe Me 109 to avoid his buddy’s damaged Lightning being shot down by the German fighter

The P-38 Lightning The P-38 was originally conceived as an advanced, high-performance twin-engine interceptor. On Feb. 11, 1939, Lt. Ben… Read More

1 month ago

Here’s why aircraft camouflage can be very effective

Aircraft camouflage Camouflage, in the form of paint applied to aircraft, has been regularly studied and experimented with since the… Read More

3 months 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

6 months ago

A Christmas miracle: the German Bf 109 Ace who saved the crew of a badly damaged American B-17 by escorting the crippled bomber over the North Sea

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

7 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

9 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

10 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

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

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

The story of Bill Overstreet’s P-51B Berlin Express, the Mustang that flew under the Eiffel Tower in hot pursuit of a Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109

The P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express” achieved legendary status in an epic World War II dogfight in Paris in 1944, piloted… Read More

1 year ago

The day Legendary Luftwaffe Ace Adolf Galland asked Reich Marshal Hermann Goering a Squadron of Spitfires

Goering turned to Galland. "And you? What do you want'?" “l'd like a squadron of Spitfires for my Geschwader!" On… Read More

2 years ago

The story of the crew of a badly damaged American B-17 that was saved by a Luftwaffe Bf 109 pilot that escorted the crippled bomber over the North Sea

There, alongside the defenseless B-17, German ace Franz Stigler decided to break the cycle of violence, to spare the bomber… Read More

2 years ago

Legendary Luftwaffe Bf 109 Ace Werner Mölders tells the story of when he was shot down by Armée de l’Air D.520 Ace René Pomier Layrargues

‘I am at about 800m, when suddenly there is a bang and the sparks fly across the cockpit. The throttle… Read More

2 years ago

Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland tells the story of when He nearly Burned to Death after his Messerschmitt Bf 109 was badly damaged by a RAF Spitfire

On Jun. 21, 1941, Galland had blasted a Spitfire out of a formation north-east of Boulogne. He watched the flaming… Read More

2 years ago

Here’s why the Horten Ho 229 WW II German low-drag Bomber may have been the First Stealth Aircraft (although it Never Entered Service)

If it were true that the Horten Ho 229 was conceived not only as a low-drag bomber but also to… Read More

2 years ago