U.S. Army Air Force

That time America’s Top Ace Richard Bong flew under the Golden Gate Bridge and buzzed downtown San Francisco Area flying his P-38 Lightning

That time America’s Top Ace Richard Bong flew under the Golden Gate Bridge and buzzed downtown San Francisco Area flying his P-38 Lightning

In 1942 a young P-38 pilot flew his fighter under the Golden Gate Bridge and, just in case no one… Read More

1 year ago

The story of Robert Lee Scott, the P-40 pilot who waged a one-man war against Imperial Japan and became AVG commander when the unit became the 23rd Fighter Group

Using a special gift by AVG leader Chennault, a P-40E, serial number 41-1456, otherwise known as "Old Exterminator," Robert Lee… Read More

2 years ago

The story of “I‘m the one with the part in the back,” the B-17 Memphis Belle legendary Pin-Up Nose Art

The painting on the nose of the B-17 Memphis Belle is often mistakenly referred to as "The Memphis Belle," but… Read More

2 years ago

The Ki-43 pilot lionized by Japanese as the first to deliberately ram a B-17 likely misjudged the attack approach and hit the bomber

Sergeant Oda Tadao was lionized in the Japanese media as the first pilot to deliberately ram a B-17 Flying Fortress… Read More

2 years ago

Did you know the “Memphis Belle” was almost called “Little One”? The story of how B-17 Army 41-24485 got her legendary name

Why the name "Memphis Belle"? Bob Morgan wanted to name the B-17 in honor of his sweetheart, Miss Margaret Polk.… Read More

3 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

Norden Bombsight, Formation Bombing and Lead Crews: How American B-17 Bombers Hoped to Achieve Air Superiority during Long-Range Daylight Precision Bombings over Germany

In 1943, the Eighth Air Force's top priority was to destroy the Luftwaffe and its factories, and their B-17s were… Read More

4 years ago

The story of B-17 “Patches:” the Fortress that RTB from a combat mission with one propeller embedded in the wing

After B-17 “Patches” had been hit by flak, one of the props flew off, took the tip off another one… Read More

4 years ago

The First Engagement Between a P-51 and an Me 262 and the Death of Luftwaffe Ace Walter Nowotny

Nowotny's last words, though garbled, indicated that his aircraft was hit and on fire, and seconds later he crashed to… 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

This P-51 Mustang returned home to Kentucky Air Guard after 63 years

The P-51 Mustang, serial number of 44-74202, was once assigned to the unit as a military fighter aircraft from 1953… Read More

5 years ago

The Sad Story of the B-25 Mitchell that crashed into Empire State Building

The B-25 exploded on impact spraying burning fuel into West 34th Street below, one of the engines completely passing through… 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

THE STORY OF THE B-29 SUPERFORTRESS NAVIGATOR WHO PHOTOGRAPHED THE FIRST NUCLEAR MISSION

The first nuclear mission The following article was originally titled Atomic Exposure: USAAF navigator photographed first nuclear missions and was written… Read More

7 years ago