Air Warfare

Korea-Against the B-29s…

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The Last War of the Superfortresses: MiG-15 vs B-29 over Korea Leonid Krylov and Yuriy Tepsurkayev  On 26 August 1950, the aircraft carrier Cape Esperance left the quayside at San Diego naval air station. On the deck of the ship that was headed for Japan were F7F-3Ns from the 524th US Marines Corps’ Night Fighter Squadron. On 11 September, the Cape Esperance put into…

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Flying Circus

Richthofen’s Flying Circus, by Nicolas Trudgian An elite German fighter unit in World War I. World War I was the first time aircraft were used in combat against each other. Before then the United States had used aircraft in scouting roles, and when World War I broke out, it was…

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Tunisian Air-bridge

Palm Sunday Massacre The patrols failed to intercept any formations of transports on the afternoon of the 18 April. In the evening, the Ninth Air Force’s 57th Fighter Group sent out all of its squadrons, including the 314th Squadron of the 324th Fighter Group, under its command. The 57th had…

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The Augsburg Raid

The Augsberg Raid by Gordon Sage. The painting was commissioned by the Sergeants’ Mess at RAF Waddington (where it now hangs) for the 60th anniversary of the raid. The artist consulted with Bert Dowty on the details. The Augsburg raid of 1942 was one of the most daring and heroic…

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Operation Tonga Part I

Supermarine Spitfire PR.XI ERWIN ROMMEL (1891-1944). German Field Marshal. Rommel, commander of the German Afrika Korps, inspecting the German position at the Atlantic Wall near Fecamp, Normandy, France. Photographed 17 January 1944. The Mark XI PR Spitfire relied on speed and agility for protection. Travelling at 400 miles per hour,…

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Mirage IIICJ No. [7]68

MIRAGE IIICJ, No.768, Avraham Salmon, 119th Tayeset, Tel Nof Air Base, Six Day War, 1968 On this aircraft, pilots of 119th Tayeset gained a total of eleven kills between 1967 and 1970. Among them was Abraham Salmon, Israel’s second most successful fighter ace with 14.5 kills to his credit, four…

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Japanese Eagles against American Cobras

P-39/P-400 Airacobra – Opponents over New Guinea. Martin Ferkl With the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, the Pacific war began. In conjunction with that attack, Japanese invasion forces also turned their attention to the shores of the Philippines and Indochina. The American and British forces were caught…

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Flak towers: then and now

The construction of FlaktĂĽrme (Flak towers) in major cities began in response to the first…

American Medium Bombers of WWII Part I

Douglas A-20 Havoc Douglas Aircraft developed the Model 7B twin-engine light attack bomber in the…

SOVIET FIGHTER ACES IN KOREA

Russian MiG-15 Aces in Korea, from left to right: Aleksandr P. Smorchkov (8 kills), Nikolai…

Spitfire XIVs versus Bf 109Ks

Final Encounter (Spitfire v Messerchmitt) by Michael Turner. Wing Commander J E Johnnie Johnson, Spitfire…