The period from 1945 through 1960 saw a proliferation of diverse and exotic aircraft designs.
The American Volunteer Group (AVG) that helped China fend off Japanese invaders in the first seven months after Pearl Harbor has probably been detailed in books and assorted media more extensively than any other combat flying organization,
I grew up hearing stories about the air war in China. During World War II, my father was an aircraft electrical systems mechanic in Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault’s Fourteenth Air Force.
Arkady Fiedler, a Polish-born writer of popular travelogues, reached his zenith as a wordsmith when he chronicled the impressive early exploits of free Polish fighter pilots flying with the Royal Air Force in the historic air battle to save Britain in the summer of 1940.
Almost as soon as World War II was won, America found itself challenged by its recent ally, the Soviet Union, in a generational rivalry that would come to be known as the Cold War.
When Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender 75 years ago on August 14, 1945, the world celebrated the end of a global nightmare that had claimed an estimated 60 to 80 million lives.
On the night of December 19, 1944, Lt. Col. William N. Reed, commander of the 3rd Fighter Group, Chinese-American Composite Wing (CACW), was forced to bail out of his Curtiss P-40N somewhere in China’s Szechwan Province.
Bestselling author John Bruning begins his massive, exhaustively researched and fast-paced account of the competition for the title of American ace of aces in World War II with a startling statistic:
If this bomber could talk, it would have quite a story to tell. In a way it can, as every nick and scratch, every dent, every patched hole speaks of its hard-fought service during World War II.
Operation Chastise was the codename for the Royal Air Force’s famous “Dambuster” raid against Germany’s Ruhr dams.