USAAF

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 …

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

Empire State Building 1945 after Crash

A B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945

On Saturday, July 28, 1945, 27-year old Lieutenant Colonel William Franklin Smith, Jr. was piloting a B-25 “Mitchell” bomber on a routine personnel transport mission from Boston to Newark Airport. Lt. Col. Smith, who served previously in the 457th Bomb Group with over 500 combat hours, asked for clearance to land, but was advised of zero visibility and …

A B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945 Read More »

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 …

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

US Medics attend to a wounded GI following the liberation of the village of La Haye-du-Puits in Normandy by the U.S. 79th Infantry Division from German occupation on 9 July 1944. 

Stunning Normandy 1944 Photographs brought in Color

World War 2 comes alive when following stunning black and white photographs from Operation Overlord, Normandy 1944, are colorized and depict the true colors of Happiness, Horror and Fatigue of the Second World War. The following featured photographs, colorized by Dave Ford, Doug Banks, Gisele Nash, Jordan Lloyd, Paul Kerestes, Paul Reynolds and Royston Leonard, capture in …

Stunning Normandy 1944 Photographs brought in Color Read More »

Messerschmitt Me 262

Messerschmitt Me 262 Hit & Shot Down by U.S. Fighter

Seldom color footage from near the end (most likely April 1945) of World War 2, in Europe. U.S. gun camera footage of an American fighter (most likely a P-51 Mustang) firing at a German Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter. Several hits are seen on the wings and then on the tail of the Me 262, which appears …

Messerschmitt Me 262 Hit & Shot Down by U.S. Fighter Read More »

Help Us Preserve Military History

X