World War II

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

2 weeks ago

The story of when VMF-214 Black Sheep CO Gregory “Pappy” Boyington traded downed Zeros for 20 Cardinals baseball caps

The VMF-214 Black Sheep CO After VMF-214 Black Sheep CO Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington had shot down three Zeros in… Read More

2 weeks 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

1 month ago

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

1 month 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

On the Eve of the Battle of Midway Legendary Naval Aviator Jimmy Thach had 27 F4F Wildcat fighters and was his Squadron’s Only Pilot

Battle of Midway The Battle of Midway, fought near the Central Pacific island of Midway, is considered the decisive battle… Read More

2 months 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

RAF Controller during Battle of Britain explains why it’s not true that ‘Hurricanes went for the bombers and Spitfires engaged the fighters’

The Messerschmitt Bf 109E during the Battle of Britain As one of the most famous fighting aeroplanes in the history… Read More

2 months ago

The story of how a captured Luftwaffe Fw 190 led to the development of the Spitfire Mk IX, the best close-in fighter of WWII

The capture of an Fw 190 The Fw 190, one of Germany's best fighter airplanes of World War II, made… Read More

3 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

In 1945 USS Laffey destroyer was attacked by 22 kamikaze, was hit by 6 aircraft and 4 bombs. She survived, was repaired and reactivated.

USS Laffey destroyer USS LAFFEY (DD-724) is the most decorated World War II era US Destroyer still in existence. DD-724… 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 day Göring asked German aviation engineers to build the Mosquito: when Reich Marshal went mad because ‘The Wooden Wonder’ attacked Berlin on 10th anniversary of the Nazi Party

The de Havilland Mosquito The hugely versatile and high-performance DH98 Mosquito was unquestionably de Havilland’s greatest contribution to the success of the RAF in the Second… Read More

4 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