World War II saw the nature of battle change from armor on the ground to power in the air. WWII Warbirds pictures planes that changed the war, from the F7F Tigercat, the F4U Corsair, and the P51 Mustang, to the British Spitfire, the German Focke-Wulf Fw190, and more. Don’t miss the action in the air.
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Aircraft and events featured in this edition include:
~ The 487th Bomb Group was based at Lavenham, Suffolk, England throughout the 8th Air Force period of operations in the European theatre
during WWII. Initially equipped with B24s, the group soon transferred to the B17 and adopted this colourful livery.
~ Contemporary with the B17, the B24 served throughout WWII, with the “Mighty 8th” based in RAF Bungay, south-east England. Seen here with a P47 tagging along, after another post D-Day mission.
~ Introducing Ferocious Frankie, a P51 D Mustang built in 1944. This airplane was flown by American Air Force Ace Major Wallace
Hopkins, 361st FS, during D-Day sorties from RAF Bottisham.
~ Operating from the Royal Navy Carrier HMS Vengeance, the F4U Corsairs of 1850 Squadron were at the forefront of carrier operations.
~ This DC3 started life in the Boeing factory in 1942. Shipped to the U.S. 8th Air Force in 1943, it almost certainly took part in D-Day operations
and was sold on to Finland in 1948.
~ The appearance of the Focke-Wulf Fw190 in the summer of 1941 came as a considerable surprise to RAF fighter squadrons. Since their
success during the Battle of Britain in September 1940, Spitfires had provided a measure of air superiority in the skies over northern
~ Here a section of RAF Mitchells is en route as dawn lifts over the European countryside. The close formation is necessary to concentrate weapon delivery and avoid flying through the leaders’ strike debris!
~ The first jet aircraft to enter service with the RAF, the Meteor, first flew in 1943 and started operations in July 1944, at virtually the same time as the Me262 became operational with the Luftwaffe.
~ The Mosquito was used by specialist Bomber Command squadrons, known as Pathfinders, to find and mark the targets for the Lancaster main force.
~ The P47 squadrons were especially suited to this mission and roamed all over northern France attacking rail infrastructure and train rolling stock.
~ The Tigercat F7F is the ultimate in twin-engine piston fighter aircraft delivered from the famous Grumman stable.
~ This Spitfire was issued to 312 Czech Squadron in 1944 and served throughout the latter stages of WWII in Europe. It was transferred to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1946 and flew with them in Java until 1950.
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