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First Lieutenant Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager, U.S. Army Air Corps, standing on the wing of his North American Aviation P-51D-5-NA Mustang, 44-13897, Glamorous Glenn II, at Air Station 373, 12 October 1944. (U.S. Air Force)

OCT 12 1944 Chuck Yeager downs five – becomes an “Ace in a Day” First Lieutenant Charles E. (“Chuck”) Yeager, U. Army Air Corps, standing on the wing of his North American Aviation Mustang, Glamorous Glenn II, at Air Station 12 October (U.

bellabs: Архив 51-го минно-торпедного авиаполка КБФ

bellabs: Архив 51-го минно-торпедного авиаполка КБФ

Lieutenant John Godfrey (left) and Capt. Don Gentile of the 4th Fighter Group made a lethal pair when they went hunting over Europe. Together they accounted for thirty-seven victories and were the most famous pair of pilots flying Mustangs during World War II. National Archives

Color Photo of the Famous Duo which Winston Churchill called Damon and Pythias, after the legendary characters from Greek mythology, John T. Godfrey (left) and Don Gentile in front of Don’s famous “Shangri-La“. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

WWii Japanese naval ace pilot. Hiroyoshi Nishizawa

There was really no such thing as an average fighter pilot – you were either an ace – or you were dead. Above: Japanese top fighter pilot, Hiroyoshi Nishizawa.

Girl Pilots

Girl Pilots

Interesting Photos of Women in World War II Nancy Nesbit, a pilot trainee in the Women's Flying Training Detachment checks with the control tower from the cockpit of her single engine Army trainer at Avenger Field in Texas

Squadron Leader James Harry "Ginger" Lacey DFM & Bar was one of the top scoring Royal Air Force fighter pilots of the Second World War and was the second highest scoring British RAF fighter pilot of the Battle of Britain, behind P/O Eric Lock of No. 41 Squadron RAF. Lacey was credited with 28 enemy aircraft destroyed, five probables and nine damaged. He later served as a technical advisor on the movie "The Battle of Britain".

James Lacey pursued the He 111 bombers of German Kampfgeschwader 55 wing which had bombed the Buckingham Palace and shot down one of them. After the attack, he had to bail out of his Hurricane fighter due to battle damage.

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Back at their base, crew members of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber, nicknamed 'Sugar-Jo,' sit on the plane's wing and examine damage incurred while on a mission, England, December 6, 1944. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)

The crew of the Boeing 'Peacemaker' examines battle damage to the wing of the plane, England

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In the early ages of the United States Air Force it was common practice to paint a scantily clad bombshell on the nose of a fighter plane. The Wikipedia article on the history of Nose Art is actual…


Learn how the themes of strength, fear, freedom, symbolism and carelessness in World War II posters helped fuel the motivations of Americans during WWII.