World War II Aircraft

Fighters

Small, fast, and agile, fighters struggled for air superiority in all theaters of the war.

Bombers and Attack Aircraft

Regardless of being ground attack aircraft, dive bombers, torpedo bombers, or heavy bombers, these aircraft dropped terror from the sky against ground targets and ships alike.

Other

Aircraft of other classifications, whether transports, spotters, or flying boats, contributed to the war as much as their higher-profile combat-capable siblings.

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USS Hornet (Essex-class) with 24 feet of her flight deck collapsed over the bow after being damaged 5 Jun 1945 in a typhoon in the Philippine Sea. 120 knot winds and 60 foot seas caused the damage.




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Famous WW2 Quote
"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"

Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943