The Mosquito earned the reputation of being one of the most outstanding aircraft of World War II. Constant success in its various fighter-bomber, maritime and ground attack roles made it is a very respected foe by its opponents. Its wooden construction provided resistance to punishing damage and afforded quick repair.
This small, lightweight and manoeuvrable fighter, the Folland Gnat, was never accepted into RAF service in that role. However, after being re-designed with 2 seats, it found its niche as a superb trainer and its small size and excellent aerobatic capability made it a natural choice for the RAF’s aerobatic teams.
Harrier had been produced from the beginning to attract export sales. The first of these was the US Marine Corps who began to be interested in 1969 when the jet was first introduced into the RAF service. Hawker Siddeley made some modifications to the aircraft.
F4F Wildcat was the US Navy's primary carrier borne fighter aircraft at the beginning of the Second WW. Famous by its stubby appearance the Wildcat had been designed from Gruman's successful range of pre-war biplanes and had started it service with the US Navy a year prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Bristol Beaufighter was a WWII British long range heavy fighter, made from the earlier Beaufort design. With two powerful Bristol Hercules engines, the aircraft earn a fearsome reputation for being fast and able to deliver a powerful blow from its four 20mm cannons and a choice of either Torpedo or Rocket projectiles.
Grumman F4F-4 Wildcat was an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that started it service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy with high air combat kill-to-loss ratios. Wildcat was designed throughout the war to serve on escort carrier where larger and heavier fighters could not be used.
In the morning of the 26th April 1940, four members of KG 4 took off in their Heinkel He111 P-2 5J+CN from Fernebu, Norway. One of three Heinkels had to attack the town of Andalsnes, the bomber was damaged by the guns of HMS Manchester. Unabled to keep in formation with the other planes the crew were taken by surprise by two Blackburn Skuas of No. 801...
This airplane was one of three twin engine RAF medium bombers in service at the outbreak of the WW II. Despite its slow speed, poor service ceiling and small bomb load the Whitley was an important piece for the RAF in this period, forming the backbone of the early night bombing attack.
The very stable flight characteristics of the Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c made it the best choice for use as a home defence night fighter aircraft. This plane famously claimed the destruction of the first German Airship over Britain on 3rd September 1916, earning pilot Lt. William Leefe Robinson a Victoria Cross.
Described by General Eisenhower as one of the 4 weapons that helped the Allies to win the WWII, Douglas DC3 and its military variant the C-47 Skytrain (Dakota in RAF service) has since gone on to be an instantly symbol of both air travel and the liberation of taken lands that so characterized the WWII.
When the Nakajima B5N1 torpedo bomber began it's service in 1937, it was the most advanced aircraft of its type in the world. Also Known by its Allied reporting name of ‘Kate’, the B5N1 proved devastatingly effective in the early Pacific engagements of WWII.
Originally, this airplane entered RAF service as a heavy fighter/night fighter in August 1940, the Bristol Beaufighter proved to be an extremely versatile aircraft. Perhaps best known as a Coastal Command strike aircraft, Beaufighters could launch savage attacks against all manner of Axis shipping targets.
This unit is by far the most effective version of the He III series and certainly the one that was built in most numbers, the Heinkel He III ‘H’ attempted to address some of the shortcomings of the stage 1 models and upgrade the performance of this widely used aircraft.
Its not the most famous RAF aircraft of WWII, the Whitley was one of three British medium bombers in service at the outbreak of the WWII and although it was withdrawn from front line bombing duties following the introduction of heavier, four-engined bombers.
Ordered straight from the drawing board in 1935, the Bristol Type 142, later called the Blenheim, saw service across all the major fronts of the Second World War. The Blenheim was used extensively by the RAF as both a light bomber and fighter before being phased out of service in 1943.
Scheme A - No. 825 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Glorious, 1939. Scheme B - Aircraft believed to have been flown by Lieutenant Ian Swayne and observer Sub Lieutenant (A) J. Buxall, Operation "Judgement", No. 815 Naval Air Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, HMS Illustrious, 11-12 November, 1940.
Scheme A - Aircraft flown by Flight Lieutenant Edward 'Ted' Powles, No. 81 Squadron, Royal Air Force Kai Tak, Hong Kong, January 1951. Scheme B - 3 Division Flottilj 11, Flygvapnet, Nyköping, Sweden, 1949.
Scheme A - Messerschmitt Me262A-1A 9./Kampfgeschwader(J) 54, Neuburg an der Donau, Bavaria, Germany, March-April 1945. Scheme B - Messerschmitt Me262A-1A Aircraft flown by Geschwaderkommodore Theodor Weissenburger, Stab II./Jagdgeschwader 7, Kaltenkirchen, Germany, January 1945.