Aircrafts

Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero in flight

Savoia Marchetti SM 79 Sparviero

The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 “Sparviero” (Sparrowhawk) was an Italian medium-bomber with three engines, developed in 1934 and employed in service of the Regia Aeronautica during the entire duration of World War II. The “Sparviero” had various uses, being employed as a transport aircraft, a medium bomber and a torpedo bomber. There …

Stuka squadron flying over Poland

stuka squadron flying over poland

Ju-87 “Stuka” squadron flying a mission over Poland sometime in September 1939 during the German invasion. The famous “Stuka” dive bomber, officially known as Junkers Ju 87, was one of the most successful aircrafts of World War II – although it became vulnerable by the time Germany lost air superiority, …

Douglas SBD Dauntless bomber on the Pacific seabed

douglas dauntless ww2 sunk seabed

A sunken Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber of the US Air Force is lying on the Pacific Ocean seabed with another Allied aircraft behind it, which appears to be a Douglas SBD Dauntless as well. The pictured bombers are just two of many US aircrafts which were intentionally dumped in …

Arado Ar 196 Luftwaffe floatplane in Crete

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Arado AR 196 floatplane of the Luftwaffe flying above the Suda Bay in Crete, 1942-1943. The Arado AR 196 was a shipboard reconnaissance, fixed-wing aircraft, which was first introduced in 1938 and served for the entirety of the war. It was highly appreciated by Luftwaffe pilots due to its excellent …

Messerschmitt Me-262 photographed in-flight by US B-17 gunner

Messerschmitt Me-262

A Messerschmitt Me-262 aircraft photographed in-flight by an American B-17 gunner. Further details about this rare image are unknown, except from the fact that it was taken between 1944 and 1945. The Messerschmitt Me 262, aka Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow) in the fighter version, or Sturmvogel (Stormbird) in the fighter-bomber …

De Havilland Mosquito firing during a night test

de havilland mosquito firing

De Havilland Mosquito firing its machine gun and cannon during night testing, sometime between 1941 and 1945. In the photograph we see the FB.VI version of the famous British Royal Air Force aircraft, which was usually equipped with four Browning .303 machine guns and four 20mm Hispano cannons. The light, …

V-2 rocket trail in the vicinity of a US B-17 heavy bomber

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A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber of the US Air Force is pictured in flight with the trail of a German V-2 missile in the background. The date and location of the image are unknown, but it must be sometime between late 1944 and early 1945, as that was …

RAF Spitfire hitting a Heinkel He-111 in Battle of Britain dogfight

spitfire heinkel dogfight

The image, captured by a camera gun film, shows tracer ammunition from a Supermarine Spitfire Royal Air Force aircraft hitting a Heinkel He-111 of the German Luftwaffe. The Supermarine Spitfire Mark I which scored the hit served in the 609 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, and was flown by …

Romanian IAR-80 aircrafts returning from factory after repairs

romanian iar-80

Romanian IAR-80 aircrafts are pictured as they return from the factory after undergoing repair work in 1943 or 1944. The IAR 80, Romania’s top fighter plane, first flew in 1939, and at the time it was comparable in performance with similar aircrafts of more advanced military powers. However, due to …

Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft crashing during Kanalkampf

messerschmitt crash

Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft crashing in the Sea during Kanalkampf. The Kanalkampf was a Luftwaffe operation in July – August 1940, at the start of the Battle of Britain, in which Germany aimed to claim superiority over the English Channel and to draw out the Royal Air Force before …