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Power Behind the Prop: A Look at World War 1 Aircraft Engines

In spite of recent technological advances in machinery, ground forces in the Great War still relied heavily on horses to transport men and material one horsepower at a time. By contrast, the gasoline engines used to power the various planes of the air war were each capable of generating hundreds of horsepower. Aircraft design came …

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Tragedy in Laos: What Happened to Corporal Bruce Edward Kane?

Research conducted on Corporal Bruce Edward Kane declared him Missing in Action on August 9, 1969. A few years ago I was preparing to teach my 8th grade Social Studies class about the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC. Part of my preparation process for any lesson is to continue to look for any additional source …

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The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of World War II

Remembering the final combat mission of WWII – and the boys who flew it On Aug. 15, 1945, while the Allies waited to hear if Japan would surrender, 21-year-old Captain Jerry Yellin climbed into the cockpit of his P-51 Mustang and took off from Iwo Jima to attack targets in Tokyo. With him on what …

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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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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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B-17 Flying Fortress Bebe - 603rd Squadron

Wiliam D. Whittaker talks about how he parachuted into a POW Camp

World War II veteran William D. Whittaker of the 398th Bomb Group, recalls the dramatic moments as he found himself jumping out of his B-17 after it was hit, parachuting right into a Prisoner of War camp. On November 2nd 1944, the target would be the heavily defended synthetic oil plant in Meersberg Germany, it was his …

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Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.

Ray Maloney’s Heartbreaking Words About Being A Prisoner Of War

World War II Veteran Ray Maloney was a P-47 pilot who was shot down over enemy territory and was taken to the Prisoner Of War Camp “Stalag Luft III”, in Zagan, Poland, which was run by the Luftwaffe. This was the same camp which served as the inspiration for the movie “The Great Escape“. What …

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Douglas A-26 Invader from the 492nd Bomb Group/801st Composite Group.

USAAF images of B-24, A-26 & A-20 in England during WWII

Argunners Magazine is fortunate enough to feature its readers with some beautiful images from the United States Army Air Force, taken in England during WWII. Most of the photographs depict the 458th Bombardment Group which were stationed at RAF Horsham St. Faith (USAAF designated it as Station 123), Norfolk in England during World War II. The 458th …

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