Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb trop

Malta

An epic 29 month siege of the strategic island of Malta was a central part of the Mediterranean Campaign.

Like the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire became the Allies’ iconic image of that fight.

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Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet

Among the important, War winning hardware we rarely consider are the all important trainers.

So let’s take a look at a well known Primary Trainer.

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Petlyakov Pe-2

We’ve already talked about how the great bulk of Soviet air power was destroyed in vast quantities at the start of the War in the East.

But of course there’s far more to the story than that. Let’s take a look at the modern face of Soviet air power in the later part of the War.

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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt

Republic’s big fighter is best known for its epic battles over Germany, and later for its role as a close support heavy weight.

Yet it also played a role in the Pacific War. Let’s take a look.

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Beechcraft YC-43 Staggerwing

In 1932 Beechcraft introduced a new high performance, luxury executive aircraft. The Model 17 Staggerwing quickly became a pilot favorite. It was fast, powerful and modern.

As War clouds gathered the type was pressed into military service from Spain to China to England. Let’s take a look.

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Kawasaki Ki-100

This late War Japanese Army fighter was almost certainly the most important Japanese aircraft to never get an Allied code name.

Let’s take a look at a seriously good airplane that seems to have escaped the notice of Allied intelligence.

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Messerschmitt Bf 108B-1 Taifun

Every nation had light civil aircraft that were used for light duty currier and transport work.

Let’s look at one in the bloodline of a famous warrior.

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Douglass C-47 Skytrain

Perhaps the most important type that didn’t carry guns or bombs.

Let’s take a look at a truly key aircraft.

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Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat

Joe Foss

The Guadalcanal Campaign was the first extended campaign of the Pacific War that clearly ended in an Allied victory.

It also saw dozens of aces made, let’s take a look at one of the most notable.

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Elco 80′ Patrol Torpedo Boat

An important weapon that is the very definition of a low value asset, the PT boat manages to be one of the better known weapons of the Second World War.

Let’s take a look at, what will probably be, the only true naval combatant that will ever appear at this site.

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