World War II

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

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

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The story of how the iconic Vought F4U Corsair got the Nickname “Ensign Eliminator”

The F4U Corsair The Vought F4U Corsair was a high-performance fighter aircraft, either carrier or land based. The primary mission… Read More

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Watch this clip of a USAF B-29 dropping the VB-13 Tarzon bomb, the American guided variant of the British 12,000-pound Tall Boy

The B-29 Superfortress Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first B-29 made its… Read More

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“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

3 weeks 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

1 month 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

1 month 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

2 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

2 months ago

The story behind the horrific photo of B-17G “Wee Willie,” the Flying Fortress with one wing blown off, plummeting to its doom

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

2 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

2 months ago

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

The Messerschmitt Me 262 Nicknamed Schwalbe (Swallow), the Messerschmitt Me 262 surpassed the performance of every other World War II… Read More

2 months ago

A Japanese Zero fighter pilot’s first encounter with the F6F Hellcat was usually his last. Here’s why.

The F6F Hellcat One of the top fighters of World War II, the Grumman F6F Hellcat was a general purpose… Read More

3 months ago

Here’s how a single Arleigh Burke class DDG would have stopped the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor

The Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor The Dec. 7, 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one… Read More

3 months ago

Here’s why the B-29 remote controlled turrets were worse than B-17 and B-24 manned turrets in protecting the aircraft from enemy fighters

B-29 Superfortress remote controlled turrets. Designed in 1940 as an eventual replacement for the B-17 and B-24, the first B-29… Read More

3 months ago

The story of “Lulubelle,” Pappy Boyington’s F4U Corsair Nose Art that Never was

Pappy Boyington and Lulubelle Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (ret.), USMC was the "bad boy" hero of World War II that… Read More

4 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

4 months ago

America’s Top Ace Richard Bong nailed a crocodile With a burst of 20mm cannon fire from his P-38 to protect his comrades trying to rescue a fellow pilot who had been missing in the jungle

America’s Top Ace Richard Bong After schooling in his hometown, Richard “Dick” Bong enlisted as a flying cadet at nearby… Read More

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