Aircrafts

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 …

German paratroopers landing during the Battle of Crete, 1941

battle of crete

Luftwaffe Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers) landing on the Island of Crete, Greece, from Junkers Ju 52 transporter aircrafts. May 20th 1941. A burning Ju 52 is seen crashing from the air, while British ships are being sunk in Suda Bay in the background. The Battle of Crete was won by Axis forces …

US soldier waves off a departing bomber at an airbase in China, 1943

us airbase china ww2

An American soldier waves off a US Army Air Force Liberator bomber which had just departed for a raid over Japan (we can see the landing gear receding). The image was taken on September 13th, 1943, at an advanced US base in China, one of many American bases on Chinese …

Wrecked PZL P.23B Karas Polish aircraft, 1939

polish pzl23 karas aircraft ww2

A wrecked PZL P.23B aircraft, sometime in 1939. The PZL.23 Karas was a Polish light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft, designed in the early 1930s. It first flew in 1934, and entered service in 1936. The 23B variant (pictured here) was equipped with a superior Pegasus VIII engine. The PZL.23 was …

Japanese Kawanishi Flying Boat shot down by US bomber, 1944

japanese airplane shot down usa ww2

A Japanese Kawanishi H8K2 “Emily” Flying Boat shot down by a PB4Y-1 heavy bomber (consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft used by the US Navy) on July 2nd, 1944, in the Central Pacific. The Japanese Kawanishi H8K (and the improved H8K2) was a large four engined aircraft designed to land and operate …