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"Hans Ulrich Rudel and his Stuka" diorama created by Bjørn Jacobsen

Some of the most Captivating War Dioramas

Invented in the 1820s by Louis Daguerre and Charles Marie Bouton, of daguerreotype photography fame, the diorama is a three-dimensional model of a realistic scene, frequently displayed against a painted background. Dioramas have been utilized to portray wildlife in natural habitats, historic events, famous battles, landscapes, or simply scenes of everyday life. The dioramas we will …

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A northern aerial view of the "Boneyard" of the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz (Credits: U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

The biggest aircraft Boneyard in the world

Rows after rows of once-majestic aircraft are lined up at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in the baking heat of Arizona’s Tucson desert, left abandoned in piles of metal. This is where planes go to rest – a 2,600-acre patch of U.S. desert where several generations of military aircraft are stored by the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and …

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The B-25D-5 "Elusive Lizzie/Miss America". (Credits: Rod Pearce)

The Sad Story of B-25 “Miss America” and her crew

Built by North American as a model D-5 and initially nicknamed “Elusive Lizzie” she was later renamed “Miss America” (before both nicknames were then covered by 38th Bombardment Group’s Green Dagon nose-art insignia). On August 5, 1943 B-25 “Miss America” (Serial no. 41-30118), assigned to the 5th Air Force, 38th Bombardment Group, 405th Bombardment Squadron, …

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Discovery of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s P-38 “Lightning”, the story behind it.

Luc Vanrell is a diver, photographer and underwater explorer, credited with the discovery of famous author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s P-38 “Lightning”, which was shot down by a German fighter aircraft over the Mediterranean on 31 July 1944. The remains of the aircraft are located at a depth of 83 meters in the Bay of Marseille. Question: Tell us …

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“I Was Almost Shot Down Flying A Nazi Plane” recalls US WWII Fighter Pilot

Decorated fighter pilot Duke Ellington aka “Ed” explains how he got to fly a German ME-109 fighter plane during the war after a German airfield was captured in Sicily. So this is July 1943, the 8th army is in the process of taking Sicily, and one German airfield was captured so quickly that the Luftwaffe didn’t …

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Boeing B-17E in flight. (Credits: U.S. Air Force)

When Eisenhower lost a B-17 bomber in a bet to Montgomery

The liberation of Sfax, Tunisia on April 10, 1943 was a joyous occasion for nearly everyone involved. The Allies gained an important Mediterranean port, the Tunisians in the city were liberated, and British Lt. Gen. Bernard Montgomery won a B-17 bomber from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. That last one may need some explanation. Rommel retreats to the Mareth …

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WWII Airplane Graveyard - Avenger aircraft wreck in Kwajalein Atoll (Credits: Brandi Mueller for Argunners)

Wrecks of Kwajalein Atoll – A Stunning World War 2 Aircraft Graveyard

Brandi Mueller, a Merchant Mariner licensed by the U.S. Coastguard, captured incredible photos of an airplane graveyard in Kwajalein Atoll, containing over 150 Allied World War 2 aircraft, lying 30 feet under the Pacific Ocean near the Marshall Islands, more specific Kwajalein Atoll, Roi-Namur. Kwajalein Atoll is an incredible diving site but also a restricted …

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