U.S. Army Air Forces

Imperial Japanese Navy H6K Mavis pilot recalls when a B-17 bomber attacked and nearly shot down his Flying Boat

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

1 week ago

Epic photos show some of the C-47/DC-3 aircraft that took part in the 80th D-Day Anniversary at “Daks over LFA”

The C-47/DC-3 aircraft that took part in the 80th D-Day Anniversary The awesome photos in this post were taken on… Read More

4 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

That time America’s Top Ace Dick Bong fought alone against Nine Japanese Zero Fighters. He shot down two of them and damaged another before safely RTB.

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

2 months ago

Here’s why B-17 “Memphis Belle” was almost called “Little One”

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

2 months ago

The ringmaster’s Grand Finale: Legendary German Ace Adolf Galland recalls his last combat mission

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 months ago

America Strikes Back: the Doolittle Raid caused the Imperial Japanese Navy a tremendous loss of face. Here’s why.

Jimmy Doolittle In January 1942, Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold selected Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle to lead Special Aviation Project… Read More

3 months ago

The real secret behind P-51B/C/D Mustang range

The P-51 Mustang Controlling the air proved key to controlling the ground. The long-range P-51 Mustang fighter was invaluable to… Read More

4 months ago

The restoration of B-26 Marauder ‘Flak-Bait’, the Only US warplane to Survive 200 Bombing Missions during World War II

The B-26 Marauder Although the Marauder did not make its first flight until Nov. 25, 1940, its design showed such… Read More

4 months ago

When Göring ordered to shoot down 500 B-17s in one day: the Reich Marshal mad rages were Luftwaffe fighter pilots’ worst enemy

Hermann Göring Hermann Göring began his military career as a Lieutenant in the 112th Infantry Regiment. Ill health gave him… Read More

4 months ago

The “Seahorse:” the P-51D Carrier Testing and why the Mustang was found unsuited for service aboard US Navy flat tops

A modern aircraft carrier By the 1920s, the quest for a modern aircraft carrier was underway in three powerful countries,… Read More

5 months ago

“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

6 months 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

6 months ago

Almost nothing went right: the first, unsuccessful B-29 raid on Tokyo (led by former commander of Memphis Belle)

The first B-29 raid on Tokyo On November 24, 1944, the Twentieth Air Force made its first attack on Tokyo,… Read More

6 months 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

7 months ago