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WW2 Aircraft - 1940

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 3/20/2014

1940 saw continued gains by the Axis powers - across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific - much of it made possible through air support.

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There are a total of 33 WW2 Aircraft of 1940 in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




1940
Aichi D3A (Val)
The D3A series of aircraft (dubbed "Val" by the Allies) were thought to be all but extinct when the war in the Pacific began....
Thumbnail picture of the Aichi D3A (Val)

1940
Amiot 354
The Amiot 354 bomber and reconnaissance platform was a quite capable aircraft when war broke out over France. The system had ...
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1940
Arado Ar 240
The Arado Ar 240 was designed to an RLM 1938 response to replace the twin engine, two seat Messerschmitt BF 110 Zerstorer hea...
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1940
Arado Ar E.530
The idea of twin fuselage aircraft was always in the minds of military aircraft engineers throughout the Second World War. Co...
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1940
Arsenal VG-33
In the grand scope of World War 2 fighter aircraft there is a little-remembered French design designated the Arsenal "VG-33"....
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1940
Avro Manchester
The Avro Manchester was a semi-successful attempt by the Avro firm to fulfill Air Ministry Specification P.13/36. The specifi...
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1940
Bell XFL Airabonita
The XFL "Airabonita" was a Bell Aircraft Company product developed in parallel with the P-39 Airacobra, a land-based USAAF de...
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1940
Bell XFM-1 Airacuda
In the same way that the XFM-1 Airacuda was a "different" sort of aircraft, the Bell company itself was "different sort" of a...
Thumbnail picture of the Bell XFM-1 Airacuda

1940
Blohm and Voss Bv 138
The Blohm and Voss (also written as "Blohm und Voss" or "Blohm & Voss") Bv 138 was a German flying boat that saw quantitative...
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1940
Bristol Beaufort
The Bristol Beaufort enjoyed a strong run between the war years of 1940-1943 as the primary British torpedo bomber in service...
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1940
Caproni-Campini N1 (CC.2)
With the introduction of the N1 (may also be known as the CC.2), Italy became only the second nation in the world to achieve ...
Thumbnail picture of the Caproni-Campini N1 (CC.2)

1940
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
By the middle of the 1930's America was no longer blind to the real possibility that the war would sooner or later be waged a...
Thumbnail picture of the Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

1940
Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
The C-47 Skytrain was a product of the Douglas Aircraft Company and is regarded as the best transport of World War 2. Interes...
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1940
Fairey Fulmar
The Fairey Fulmar became the British Fleet Air Arm's first dedicated monoplane fighter when it was introduced in 1940. The ty...
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1940
Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu (Owl)
The Focke-Wulf brand Fw 189 Uhu (translated to "Owl") was of the most peculiar aircraft design for the German Luftwaffe in th...
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1940
Grumman F4F Wildcat
The Grumman F4F Wildcat was the unsung hero of the Allied Pacific Theater campaign in the early years of World War 2. Often o...
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1940
Handley Page Halifax
While the Lancaster Heavy Bomber will always be more identifiable in terms of the British night bombing campaigns of World Wa...
Thumbnail picture of the Handley Page Halifax

1940
Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily)
The Kawasaki Ki-48 proved itself a serviceable twin-engine light bomber mount for the Japanese military of World War 2 (1939-...
Thumbnail picture of the Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily)

1940
Martin Maryland (A-22)
The Martin-produced Maryland series was classified as a light bomber and saw action as a photographic reconnaissance plane th...
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1940
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1940
Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen (Zeke / Zero)
The Mitsubishi A6M "Rei-sen" was the primary naval fighter of the Japanese Empire heading into World War 2. The aircraft was ...
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1940
Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Sonia)
Mitsubishi lent its considerable development and production talents to more than just "Zeroes" during World War 2. The Mitsub...
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1940
North American B-25 Mitchell
The North American B-25 Mitchell series of medium bombers went on to become one of the classic American aircraft designs to e...
Thumbnail picture of the North American B-25 Mitchell

1940
Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)
During the lead-up to World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union joined Germany and Italy is providing a lesser focus on capab...
Thumbnail picture of the Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)

1940
Reggiane Re.2000 Falco I (Falcon I)
The Reggiane 2000 series of aircraft was very reminiscent of American interwar designs appearing between 1930 and 1940. The R...
Thumbnail picture of the Reggiane Re.2000 Falco I (Falcon I)

1940
Rogozarski IK-3
When covering the range of topics concerning aviation in World War 2, it becomes accepted practice to overlook the developmen...
Thumbnail picture of the Rogozarski IK-3

1940
Sukhoi Su-1 / Su-3
The Su-1 (and related Su-3) fighter aircraft were short-lived prototype developments of the Soviet Sukhoi concern - essential...
Thumbnail picture of the Sukhoi Su-1 / Su-3

1940
Tucker XP-57 (Peashooter)
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1944), American airpower authorities began to seriously consider the concept of a very-light-weigh...
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1940
Vought OS2U Kingfisher
The OS2U Kingfisher was a product of the Vought aircraft firm, appearing initially as the VS.310 design to which the United S...
Thumbnail picture of the Vought OS2U Kingfisher

1940
Westland Whirlwind
The Westland Whirlwind became a capable twin-engined, heavy fighter design that might have seen even better service numbers w...
Thumbnail picture of the Westland Whirlwind

1940
Yakovlev Yak-1 (Krasavyets)
Often overshadowed by its contemporaries in the West (to include the Supermarine Spitfire, North American P-51 Mustang, Messe...
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