Tag: U.S. Army Air Forces

B-26 Vs Me 262: the Marauder close encounters with the jets flown by Luftwaffe’s Experten
Interrogated after the war the famed ace Adolf Galland stated the B-26 was the one Allied aircraft he least liked to attack, even when flying an Me 262 Reports of sightings of German rocket- and jet-powered fighters were widely circulated among Ninth Air Force combat groups, but until Feb. 6, 1945, none...
MILD AND BITTER, FLAK BAIT and the other ETO 100-mission B-26 Marauders
The all-time B-26 mission record went to FLAK BAIT with no less than 202 sorties The medium bomber 'workhorse' of the Ninth Air Force, the much-maligned B-26 Marauder, recovered from its poor start with the Eighth Air Force to go on and equip no less than eight bomber groups in the European...
Missing P-47 Thunderbolt pilot from WW II found
More than 400,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in WWII perished during the conflict, and 72,766 remain missing The remains of former P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft pilot then assigned to the 66th Fighter Squadron of the 57th Fighter Group have been found and identified. As told by...
The Enola Gay lurched as the the 10,000 pounds Mk I bomb, nicknamed “Little Boy,” dropped out of the bomb bay The 509th Composite Group, born in secrecy Dec. 17, 1944, was created for the sole purpose of delivering the world's first nuclear weapon. Because of the secret nature of their mission, the group trained at Wendover, Utah, and Tinian Island,...
Both the YB-35 and the YB-49 used the radical and potentially very efficient flying wing design, in which the tail section and fuselage are eliminated and all payload is carried in a thick wing Conceived by Jack Northrop as a large wing-only, long-range heavy bombers, the Northrop XB-35 and YB-35 were experimental airplanes developed by the Northrop Corporation for the...
The first prototype of the aircraft, tail number 44-70155, piloted by Hughes, crashed on Jul. 7, 1946 while on its maiden flight On Apr. 5, 1947, the second prototype of the Hughes XF-11 twin-boom aircraft made its first complete flight (takeoff and safe landing), piloted by Howard Hughes. Designed and built by Hughes Aircraft for the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF),...
Although never used in combat, the B-36 was a major deterrent to enemy aggression The interesting clip in this post gives you the chance to learn something about the gigantic B-36 Peacemaker strategic bomber. Born in response to the U.S. Army Air Forces' (USAAF) requirement for a strategic bomber with intercontinental range, the Consolidated Vultee (later Convair) B-36 was designed during...
Even if the Doolittle Raid caused only minor damage, it forced the Japanese to recall combat forces for home defense and raised fears among the Japanese civilians In the spring of 1942 U.S. morale slumped because of the numerous Japanese successes. The country desperately needed a victory. As explained by National Museum of the U.S. Air Force article America Hits Back: The...
The B-17F Memphis Belle is an icon that represents the thousands of bomber crews, maintainers, and others supporting the bomber mission, whose service and sacrifice helped win WWII One of the most recognizable symbols of World War II will once again report for duty exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany...