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WW2 Bomber Aircraft

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/4/2015

The bomber of World War 2 was a far cry from the biplane designs of World War 1 - now carrying greater loads and defensed by multiple machine guns.





There are a total of (184) World War 2 Bomber Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin. Also included on this listing are fighter-bomber and light/medium bomber types.




1937
Aero A.304
The Aero A.304 originally began life as the Aero A.204 passenger airliner produced by Aero Vodochody... [Read More]
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1944
Aichi B7A Ryusei (Grace)
The Aichi-produced B7A "Ryusei" (translated to "Shooting Star" and nicknamed "Grace" by the Allies) ... [Read More]
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1940
Aichi D3A (Val)
The D3A series of aircraft (dubbed "Val" by the Allies) were thought to be all but extinct when the ... [Read More]
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1944
Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
The E16A Zuiun (translated into "Auspicious Cloud" and codenamed "Paul" by the Allies) was a dedicat... [Read More]
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1945
Aichi M6A Seiran
This oft-forgotten Aichi aircraft design was classified as an attack floatplane, designed exclusivel... [Read More]
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1935
Amiot 143
The Amiot 143 of the French Air Force represented an evolution in the Amiot piston-engine bomber ser... [Read More]
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1940
Amiot 354
The Amiot 354 (Model 354) had its origins in the Model 341 fast mail carrier transport. The bomber f... [Read More]
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1933
ANF Les Mureaux (Series)
The ANF les Mureaux series of light observation aircraft first appeared during the inter-war years b... [Read More]
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1937
Arado Ar 195
The Arado Ar 195 was prototype design intended for operations from Germany's first aircraft carrier ... [Read More]
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1944
Arado Ar 234 (Blitz)
As the German Messerschmitt Me 262 "Schwalbe" ("Swallow") holds the distinction of becoming the worl... [Read More]
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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 Messersch... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar E.340
Arado proposed the Ar E.340 for a German Air Ministry requirement during World War 2 calling for a t... [Read More]
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1940
Arado Ar E.530
The idea of twin fuselage aircraft was always on the minds of aeronautical engineers throughout Worl... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar E.555
Arado proposed this E.555 flying wing concept towards the end of 1943 as a high-speed long-range bom... [Read More]
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1945
Arado Ar E.560
The Arado E.560 series of developmental high-speed jet bombers saw a large evolution on paper. Desig... [Read More]
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1943
Arado Ar TEW 16/43-19
With development of the advanced twin-engine, jet-powered Ar 234 "Blitz" bomber coming along, the Ar... [Read More]
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1941
Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle
The Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle became one of those aircraft designs that evolved into a role not ... [Read More]
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1937
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley
Continuing in the tradition of ugly yet robust and reliable heavy bombers, the British Armstrong Whi... [Read More]
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1942
Avro Lancaster
The Avro Lancaster went on to become the most important British heavy bomber or World War 2. Interes... [Read More]
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1940
Avro Manchester
The Avro Manchester was a semi-successful attempt by the Avro firm to fulfill Air Ministry Specifica... [Read More]
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1934
Blackburn Baffin
The Blackburn Baffin was nothing more than a Pegasus-engined evolution of the Blackburn Ripon bomber... [Read More]
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1929
Blackburn Ripon
The Blackburn concern was founded in 1914 by aviation engineer Robert Blackburn as the "Blackburn Ae... [Read More]
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1935
Bloch MB.210
Societe des Avions Marcel Bloch, a French aviation concern, designed, developed and produced several... [Read More]
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1942
Blohm and Voss Bv P.170
During World War 2 (1939-1945), German shipbuilder Blohm and Voss ventured into many aircraft design... [Read More]
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1943
Blohm and Voss Bv P.192
The German concern of Blohm & Voss (also Blohm und Voss) is largely remembered for their commitment ... [Read More]
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1944
Blohm and Voss Bv P.194
Despite the successes encountered by the German Luftwaffe with their famous Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" di... [Read More]
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1944
BMW Strahlbomber I / P.1
In the years leading up to World War 2 (1939-1945) the German Luftwaffe mistakenly neglected heavy b... [Read More]
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1937
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Though the Consolidated B-24 Liberator was built in greater numbers, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress... [Read More]
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1943
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
B-29 Superfortress status is often associated with the atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities o... [Read More]
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1937
Boeing XB-15 (XBLR-1 / Grandpappy)
In 1933, the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) delivered a new specification for a heavy bomber w... [Read More]
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1937
Breda Ba.64
The Breda Ba.64 was a short-lived ground attack platform fielded primarily by the Regia Aeronautica ... [Read More]
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1938
Breda Ba.88 (Lince)
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1939
Breguet Br.690
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1941
Brewster SB2A Buccaneer
The Brewster Aeronautical Corporation managed to sell the United States Navy (USN) its proposed airc... [Read More]
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1943
Brewster XA-32
The United States Army Air Corps appreciated the tactical scope of the German Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 8... [Read More]
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1941
Brewster XSBA-1 / SBN-1
The Brewster aviation concern managed some - albeit slow - headway on their XSBA/SBN carrier aircraf... [Read More]
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1940
Bristol Beaufighter
The twin-engine Bristol Beaufighter (known simply as "Beau") heavy fighter became a national wartime... [Read More]
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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 ... [Read More]
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1935
Bristol Blenheim
The Bristol Blenheim billed as a bomber though when it was officially installed into operational act... [Read More]
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1943
Bristol Buckingham
In the lead-up to World War 2, British authorities sought to shore up key limitations in their arsen... [Read More]
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1939
CAC Wirraway
The CAC Wirraway ("Challenge" in the Woiwurrung native tongue) became one of Australia's primary tra... [Read More]
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1941
CAC Woomera (A23)
The CAC A23 "Woomera" was a short-lived dive bomber/torpedo bomber of Australian design during World... [Read More]
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1938
CANT Z.1007 Alcione (Kingfisher)
The Italian Air Force ("Regia Aeronautica") was one of the few air national powers of World War 2 (1... [Read More]
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1936
CANT Z.506 Airone (Heron)
Cantieri Riuniti dell'Adriatico ("CANT") was responsible for the excellent Italian floatplane design... [Read More]
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1936
Caproni AP.1
A pair of Ca.301 prototypes served as the basis for a new Italian attack aircraft. The original desi... [Read More]
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1938
Caproni Ca.310 (Libeccio)
The Caproni concern of Italy was founded in 1908 and delivered several notable designs to the Italia... [Read More]
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1941
Consolidated B-24 Liberator
The Consolidated B-24 Liberator became a major player for Allied forces during World War 2. Its expl... [Read More]
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1945
Consolidated B-32 Dominator
Consolidated Aircraft Corporation held an existing relationship with the United States military in d... [Read More]
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1940
Consolidated PB2Y Coronado
By the middle of the 1930's America was no longer blind to the real possibility that the war would s... [Read More]
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1944
Consolidated Vultee TBY Sea Wolf
The story of the Consolidated Vultee TBY "Sea Wolf" began with competitor Vought who earned a single... [Read More]
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1933
Curtiss A-12 (Shrike)
The A-12 was an inter-war product of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company first appearing in 1933... [Read More]
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1943
Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a rather unassuming dive bomber / reconnaissance aircraft serving thr... [Read More]
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1938
Curtiss SBC Helldiver
In 1932, the United States Navy contracted the Curtiss-Wright Corporation to produce a modern, two-s... [Read More]
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1942
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
Discussions of war-winning World War 2 aircraft regularly seem to leave out one of the most famous a... [Read More]
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1937
Dornier Do 17 (Flying Pencil)
The Dornier Do 17 was a medium-class bomber fielded primarily by the German Luftwaffe in the years l... [Read More]
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1939
Dornier Do 215
The Dornier Do 215 was originally intended for export, beginning life as a redesignated version of t... [Read More]
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1941
Dornier Do 217
The Dornier Do 217 was a multi-role aircraft design for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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1938
Dornier Do 22
The Dornier Do 22 was a German-designed and produced three-man floatplane. It was produced in German... [Read More]
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1934
Dornier Do 23
During the 1930s rearmament period for Germany, the country furthered many projects that went clearl... [Read More]
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1941
Douglas A-20 Havoc / Boston
The Douglas A-20 Havoc served Allied forces through most of World War 2, fighting for British, Ameri... [Read More]
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1941
Douglas A-24 Banshee
Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945), United States military aviation doctrine centered primarily on gai... [Read More]
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1944
Douglas A-26 / B-26 Invader
The Douglas A-26 Invader was a distinguished twin-engine light bomber whose origins were well-placed... [Read More]
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1936
Douglas B-18 Bolo
In 1934, the American Douglas aircraft concern developed the DB-1 (also known as the "Douglas Bomber... [Read More]
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1944
Douglas BTD Destroyer
The awkward-looking Douglas BTD Destroyer was developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company for use on A... [Read More]
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1938
Douglas SBD Dauntless
The Douglas DBS Dauntless dive bomber was a key cog in the America Navy war effort throughout the Pa... [Read More]
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1937
Douglas TBD Devastator
The Douglas TBD Devastator was classified as a torpedo bomber and served in the early half of World ... [Read More]
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1941
Douglas XB-19 (XBLR-2)
Douglas Aircraft played a major role in American aviation from the 1920s into the 1960s, encompassin... [Read More]
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1944
Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster
World War 2 (1939-1945) provided American aeronautical engineers with something of a blank canvas wh... [Read More]
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1945
Douglas XTB2D Skypirate
Throughout World War 2 (1939-1945), the United States Navy pushed its ever-growing stable of carrier... [Read More]
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1940
Fairey Albacore
As effective and well-liked as the Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber was for the Royal Navy's Fleet Ai... [Read More]
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1943
Fairey Barracuda
The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) attempted to replace its aging Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo b... [Read More]
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1937
Fairey Battle
The Fairey Battle was a prewar British light bomber design that proved a step-forward for the nation... [Read More]
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1940
Fairey Fulmar
The Fairey Fulmar became the British Fleet Air Arm's first dedicated monoplane fighter when it was i... [Read More]
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1945
Fairey Spearfish
Fairey Aviation, founded as early as 1915, had been designing, developing and building warplanes sin... [Read More]
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1936
Fairey Swordfish
The Fairey Swordfish was one of the unsung heroes of the Second World War. With Britain seemingly fi... [Read More]
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1936
Fiat BR.20 Cicogna (Stork)
The Fiat BR.20 Cicogna (translated to "Stork") was a medium bomber in service with the Italian Air F... [Read More]
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1937
Fieseler Fi 156 Storch (Stork)
The seemingly fragile Fieseler Fi 156 Storch(or "Stork") does not seem to have a home in a global co... [Read More]
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1938
Fieseler Fi 167
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1942
Focke-Wulf Fw 191
The Fw 191 was the Focke-Wulf submission to the German Air Ministry's "Bomber B" program of 1939. Au... [Read More]
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1938
Focke-Wulf Fw 200 (Condor)
The German Fw 200 Condor was initially a trans-Atlantic passenger and cargo (mail) aircraft develope... [Read More]
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1944
Focke-Wulf Fw 3x1000C
While the Heinkel He 177 "Greif" long-range heavy bomber became a troublesome bomber design, it was ... [Read More]
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1945
Focke-Wulf Ta 400 (Amerika Bomber)
The early wartime commitment to fighters and medium bombers came back to haunt German warplanners du... [Read More]
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1939
Fokker T.IX
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1938
Fokker T.V
Originating on German soil prior to World War 1 (1914-1918), Fokker delivered several famous fighter... [Read More]
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1939
Fokker T.VIII
Prior to the German invasion of the Netherlands in World War 2, the Dutch maintained a relatively he... [Read More]
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1942
Grumman TBF Avenger
Destined never to win beauty contests, the Grumman TBF Avenger series of aircraft would go down as o... [Read More]
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1940
Handley Page Halifax
While the Lancaster Heavy Bomber will always be more identifiable in terms of the British night bomb... [Read More]
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1938
Handley Page Hampden
In 1932, the British Air Ministry sent out Specification B.9/32 calling for a high performance, twin... [Read More]
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1934
Handley Page Heyford
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1935
Heinkel He 111
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 fielded a trio of capable (though eventually limited) medium-cla... [Read More]
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1939
Heinkel He 115
By all accounts, the He 115 series of floatplane aircraft was regarded as the finest such aircraft i... [Read More]
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1942
Heinkel He 177 Greif (Griffin)
The Heinkel concern of World War 2 Germany became one of the largest and most prolific aircraft make... [Read More]
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1943
Heinkel He 277 (Amerika Bomber)
There were many German aviation concerns lending their talents to the war effort of World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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1944
Heinkel He 343 (Strahlbomber / Strabo 16)
Towards the end of World War 2, there was a definitive shift in German thinking from piston-powered ... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 51
The He 51 was a product of the German Heinkel firm and a design of the Gunter twins, Walter and Sieg... [Read More]
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1935
Heinkel He 59
Because of the restrictions heaped upon Germany after the close of World War 1 (1914-1918), its mili... [Read More]
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1933
Heinkel He 70 (Blitz)
The Heinkel 70 (Blitz) was originally born out of a need for a speedy aeroplane charged with "fast" ... [Read More]
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1936
Henschel Hs 123
The Henschel-produced Hs 123 aircraft became the last operational biplane for the German Luftwaffe d... [Read More]
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1936
Henschel Hs 124 (Kampfzerstorer)
Many aviation concerns of pre-World War 2 Germany competed to have their submission selected by the ... [Read More]
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1945
Henschel Hs 132
The Henschel Hs 132 was another in the long line of ambitious German jet-powered designs under devel... [Read More]
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1945
Horten Ho IX / Horten Ho 229
The Horten Ho IX (or "Horten Ho 229" - sometimes wrongly designated the "Gotha Go 229") maintains a ... [Read More]
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1945
Horten Ho XVIII (Amerika Bomber)
The Horten H.XVIII existed as a proposed jet-powered bomber for the German Luftwaffe during World Wa... [Read More]
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1943
Hughes Model D-2 (XP-73 / XA-37)
The Hughes Model D-2 was born around 1937 to compete for the US Army Air Corp's (USAAC) contract for... [Read More]
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1937
Ilyushin IL-4
In many ways the Ilyushin-brand IL-4 was a "forgotten" bomber of the Second World War - at least in ... [Read More]
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1943
Junkers Ju 187
Throughout the latter half of the 1930s and into the early 1940s, the Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bom... [Read More]
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1943
Junkers Ju 188 Rache (Avenger)
When the new Junkers Ju 288 - a design meant to replace the Junkers Ju 88 series of bombers - ran in... [Read More]
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1944
Junkers Ju 287
The Junkers Ju 287 certainly proved one of the most unique of the approved late-war, jet-powered des... [Read More]
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1942
Junkers Ju 290
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1943
Junkers Ju 390 (New York Bomber)
The German Junkers Ju 390 long range heavy bomber was intended to be able to strike far-off location... [Read More]
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1944
Junkers Ju 488
The German concern of Junkers took on many aircraft projects during, and before to the end, of World... [Read More]
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1932
Junkers Ju 52
The tri-motor, prop-driven aircraft achieve popularity for a short time during the Interwar years - ... [Read More]
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1936
Junkers Ju 86
Before the power of the German Luftwaffe was unleashed upon the world in World War 2 (1939-1945) it ... [Read More]
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1937
Junkers Ju 87 (StuKa - Sturzkampfflugzeug)
Before the Allies would gain air superiority over the skies of France and Germany, the Junkers Ju 87... [Read More]
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1939
Junkers Ju 88
The Junkers Ju 88 formed a third of the German Luftwaffe medium bomber triad of World War 2 (1939-19... [Read More]
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1946
Junkers Ju EF 132
The German Luftwaffe seized on the importance of jet-powered aircraft in the mid-to-latter stages of... [Read More]
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1945
Junkers Ju EF 140 (Amerika Bomber)
What became the last Junkers wartime submission to the German Air Ministry during World War 2 (1939-... [Read More]
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1945
Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK
The "escort carrier" was adopted by the United States Navy during World War 2 (1939-1945) to provide... [Read More]
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1942
Kawanishi H8K (Emily)
The Empire of Japan seemed to be producing its best aircraft designs of the war towards the end of t... [Read More]
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1940
Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily)
The Kawasaki Ki-48 proved itself a serviceable twin-engine light bomber mount for the Japanese milit... [Read More]
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1945
Kawasaki Ki-91
The Kawasaki Ki-91 represented a rare four-engine heavy bomber initiative of the middle-to-late war ... [Read More]
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1942
Kyushu K11W Shiragiku (White Chrysanthemum)
Oft-forgotten, but no less important to the Japanese war effort of World War 2, was the Kyushu K11W ... [Read More]
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1945
Kyushu Q1W Tokai (Eastern Sea) / (Lorna)
The Kyushu Q1W "Tokai" (translating to "Eastern Sea" and codenamed "Lorna" by the Allies) was an ant... [Read More]
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1938
Latecoere 298
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1928
Liore-et-Olivier LeO 25
The Liore-et-Olivier was a bomber platform developed by the French for its Air Force and also went o... [Read More]
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1938
Liore-et-Olivier LeO 45
The French Air Force fielded a variety of capable aircraft prior to World War 2 and its ability to d... [Read More]
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1945
Lippisch Gleiter Bombenflugzeug (GB)
Part of the German problem heading into the middle-to-later years of World War 2 (1939-1945) was the... [Read More]
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1942
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura / PV-2 Harpoon
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1939
Loire-Nieuport LN.401/LN.411 (LN.40)
The Loire-Nieuport LN.40/LN.401 series of aircraft was a carrier-based dive bomber developed for the... [Read More]
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1943
Luftwaffe Mistel (Mistletoe)
The German Luftwaffe of World War 2 (1939-1945) embarked on many aircraft programs throughout the co... [Read More]
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1939
Macchi C.200 Saetta (Lightning)
The Macchi C.200 Saetta ("Lightning" or "Arrow") became a hugely important contributor for the natio... [Read More]
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1941
Martin B-26 Marauder
The Martin B-26 Marauder overcame a rocky start to become one of the finest medium bombers of World ... [Read More]
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1941
Martin Baltimore
The Martin Baltimore (Model 187) was a light-/medium-class bomber whose design developed from the Ma... [Read More]
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1943
Martin JRM Mars
World War 2 proved the swan song for the flying boat, large aircraft granted boat-like hulls and hig... [Read More]
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1940
Martin Maryland
The Martin-produced Maryland series was classified as a light bomber and saw action as a photographi... [Read More]
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1937
Messerschmitt Bf 109
In the years leading up to and during World War 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the principle fighte... [Read More]
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1943
Messerschmitt Me 210
The twin-engined heavy fighter saw its battlefield usefulness realized during World War 2 where desi... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 262 (Schwalbe / Sturmvogel)
The Messerschmitt Me 262 was the German answer to a failing war effort heading into 1945 during Worl... [Read More]
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1942
Messerschmitt Me 264 (Amerika Bomber)
The Messerschmitt Me 264 was intended as a long-range aircraft and reconnaissance platform that was ... [Read More]
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1944
Messerschmitt Me 328
The "parasite" fighter had long held an interest within the minds of aircraft engineers, particularl... [Read More]
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1940
Mikoyan-Gurevich DIS (MiG-5)
Nearly all world air services of the interwar period entertained the concept of a twin-engined "heav... [Read More]
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1943
Miles M.39B (Libellula)
The M.39 "Libellula" was conceived of by the Miles Aircraft concern during the early 1940s as World ... [Read More]
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1936
Mitsubishi G3M Rikko (Nell)
The Mitsubishi G3M "Rikko" (codenamed "Nell" by the Allies) was a frontline, twin-engine medium bomb... [Read More]
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1941
Mitsubishi G4M (Betty)
Like most of Imperial Japan's aircraft in the early stages of World War 2, the Mitsubishi G4M (coden... [Read More]
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1937
Mitsubishi Ki-15 (Babs)
The Mitsubishi Ki-15 (codenamed "Babs" by the Allies) was a light-class aircraft of the Japanese Emp... [Read More]
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1939
Mitsubishi Ki-21 (Sally)
The Mitsubishi Ki-21 (codenamed "Sally" by the Allies) was a successful medium bomber in service wit... [Read More]
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1938
Mitsubishi Ki-30 (Ann)
Mitsubishi played a prominent role as a primary defense contractor for the Empire of Japan during Wo... [Read More]
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1940
Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Sonia)
Mitsubishi lent its considerable development and production talents to more than just "Zeroes" durin... [Read More]
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1944
Mitsubishi Ki-67 Hiryu (Peggy)
The Mitsubishi-designed Ki-67 Hiryu (translated to "flying dragon" and dubbed "Peggy" by the Allies)... [Read More]
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1941
Nakajima B5N (Kate)
By 1941, the B5N series of torpedo bombers were considered the best of their type anywhere in the wo... [Read More]
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1943
Nakajima B6N Tenzan (Jill)
The torpedo bomber was born in the period preceding World War 1 (1914-1918) and had advanced conside... [Read More]
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1945
Nakajima G8N Renzan (Rita)
The Nakajima G8N Renzan (or "Mountain Range" - codenamed "Rita" by the Allies) was a heavy bomber de... [Read More]
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1941
Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu (Helen)
The Nakajima Ki-49 Donryu (meaning "storm dragon" and codenamed "Helen" by the Allies) heavy bomber ... [Read More]
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1943
North American A-36 Apache (Invader)
The A-36 Apache was a United States Army version of the successful North American P-51 Mustang pisto... [Read More]
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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 Ameri... [Read More]
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1942
North American XB-28 (Dragon)
North American, the U.S. aviation concern fondly remembered for its World War 2 contributions throug... [Read More]
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1941
Northrop N-3PB Nomad
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1946
Northrop XB-35 / YB-35
The concept of the flying wing bomber had been on the minds of aeronautical engineers for quite some... [Read More]
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1941
Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviets lacked a heavy bomber stable when compared to the Britis... [Read More]
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1940
Petlyakov Pe-8 (TB-7)
During the lead-up to World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviet Union joined Germany and Italy in providin... [Read More]
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1942
Piaggio P.108
The Piaggio P.108 was a multi-faceted airframe developed to fulfill a variety of roles for the Itali... [Read More]
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1938
Potez 630 (Series)
The Potez 630 series of twin-engine aircraft was introduced with the French Armee de l'Air (French A... [Read More]
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1936
PZL.23 Karas
The PZL.23 "Karas" (meaning "the crucian carp") series of aircraft was a conventional - yet outdated... [Read More]
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1941
Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II (Falcon II)
While the other major global participant of World War 2 found tremendous successes with their variou... [Read More]
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1942
Reggiane Re.2002 Ariete (Ram)
The original Reggiane Re.2000 "Falco" was rejected by the Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica) in f... [Read More]
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1943
Reggiane Re.2005 Sagittario (Archer)
The culmination of the Reggiane Re.2000 series of Italian-originated fighter aircraft of World War 2... [Read More]
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1939
Saunders-Roe A.36 Lerwick
Along with the Short Brothers and Supermarine, Saunders-Roe (SARO) was a principle flying boat devel... [Read More]
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1936
Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (Sparrowhawk)
The Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero series of tri-engined bombers was the best bomber for the Itali... [Read More]
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1935
Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello (Bat)
The Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Pipistrello ("Bat") served primarily with the Regia Aeronautica throughou... [Read More]
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1941
Savoia-Marchetti SM.84
With the arrival of World War 2 in September 1939, many existing aircraft of all types were pressed ... [Read More]
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1941
Short Stirling
The Short Sterling formed the backbone of British RAF heavy bomber groups beginning in January of 19... [Read More]
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1941
Sukhoi Su-2
The Sukhoi Su-2 was the first aircraft design of Pavel Sukhoi and became a two-seat light bomber fie... [Read More]
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1937
Supermarine B.12/36 (Type 316)
Specification B.12/36 was issued by the British Air Ministry in 1936 to cover a new, all-modern, fou... [Read More]
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1938
Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire the legendary British fighter aircraft developed prior to World War 2. The ... [Read More]
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1944
Tachikawa Ki-74 (Pat / Patsy)
In the realm of World War 2 Japanese Empire aviation, Tachikawa certainly does not carry the same we... [Read More]
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1936
Tupolev SB-2
The Tupolev SB-2 (the "SB" in the designation standing for "skorostnoi bombardirovschik" meaning "fa... [Read More]
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1932
Tupolev TB-3 (ANT-6)
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1942
Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)
Russian aviation engineer Andrei Tupolev would lend his surname to a plethora of Soviet-era aircraft... [Read More]
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1937
Vickers Wellesley
The Vickers Wellesley was one of two aircraft submitted by the Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd company to ful... [Read More]
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1938
Vickers Wellington
The Vickers Wellington was the primary bomber of the Royal Air Force at the start of World War 2, se... [Read More]
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1943
VL Myrsky (Storm)
Prior to its war with the Soviets, Finnish authorities were contemplating an indigenous fighter desi... [Read More]
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1937
Vought SB2U Vindicator
The Vought SB2U "Vindicator" became the first monoplane dive bomber adopted by the United States Nav... [Read More]
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1941
Vultee A-35 Vengeance
The A-35 Vengeance was a dive bomber produced by the Vultee Aircraft Company and resulted in over a ... [Read More]
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1944
Vultee XA-41
It was during September of 1942 that the United States Army commissioned the Vultee Aircraft concern... [Read More]
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1942
Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (Judy)
The Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (translating to "Comet" and nicknamed "Judy" by the Allies) was a capable di... [Read More]
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