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WWII Heavy bomber, Consolidated B-24, crashed on takeoff, San Giovanni Field, Italy, April 12, 1945 [811x588] (x-post from /r/pics)

WWII Heavy bomber, Consolidated crashed on takeoff, San Giovanni Field, Italy, April 1945 (x-post from /r/pics)

07 Apr 45: "Sonderkommando Elbe" sends 180 German Bf-109s to attack Allied bombers with the intent of ramming into them, aiming for either the tail, engines or cockpit, bailing out either before or after collision. While only 15 Allied bombers are attacked in this manner, eight are successfully destroyed. Most of the German pilots died, without inflicting the harm to the relentless Allied bombing campaign that had been hoped. #WWII #History

07 Apr "Sonderkommando Elbe" sends 180 German to attack Allied…

B-17 Flying Fortress

Getting ready: Members of the flight and ground crews of a bomber named 'Honey Chile II' make adjustments to their plane prior to a mission, Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England, fall 1942

How low can you go.

Beautiful Warbirds — Some great low level passes by a variety of.

Savoia Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero Italy (fascists) 253 Squadriglia

Savoia Marchetti Sparviero ("Sparrowhawk) of 253 Squadriglia

F-82G Twin Mustang (1945) - post WWII long-range escort and night fighter. 272 produced.

Twin Mustang - post WWII long-range escort and night fighter. These planes were designed to protect bombers from attacks. These planes specialized in long range capability, or not needing to refuel for hundreds of miles.

US bomber B-24 Liberator of USAAF 465th Bomber Group after crash landing in the Poltava airfield, Ukraine, Jan 4, 1945. Poltava was the main airfield of Operation Frantic, a USAAF "shuttle bombing" operation sending bombers to hit German targets and then land in locations in the USSR. This system extended the range of US bombing significantly. The operation though fizzled out because of Russian underlying hostility and refusal to protect the Frantic bases adequately.

US bomber Liberator of USAAF Bomber Group after crash landing in the Poltava airfield, Ukraine, Jan Poltava was the main airfield of Operation Frantic, a USAAF “shuttle bombing”.

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A heavy US "Liberator" bomber takes a direct hit of German flak and breaks apart, Germany 1943

Villagers from Humbie, in East Lothian, gather to inspect the wreckage of a Luftwaffe Heinkel He111 (1939)

A large crowd gathers around a downed German Heinkel He 111 bomber near the village of Humbie. The Heinkel was the first Luftwaffe aircraft to be brought down on British soil during the war.

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