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Dornier Do 17

Dornier Do 17

Known as the 'Flying Pencil' the Do 17 was first in service as a bomber in the Spanish Civil War. It was used early in the Second World War as a reconnaissance aircraft.
Douglas A-26B Invader

Douglas A-26B Invader

This famous light bomber equipped with an eight-gun nose operated in the Second World War and the later version A-26C with transparent nose participated in the Korean War.
Douglas Boston III

Douglas Boston III

An important day bomber used widely by Allied tactical units, the Boston replaced the Blenheim from 1941 and served with considerable success in Europe, the Middle East and Russia.
Douglas SBD Dauntless

Douglas SBD Dauntless

The carrier-based Dauntless was the most effective of the wartime US Navy dive-bombers.
Douglas TDB-1 Devastator

Douglas TDB-1 Devastator

When the USA entered the war, the Devastator was the standard US Navy torpedo bomber and suffered considerable losses in the early Pacific battles.
Fairey Swordfish II

Fairey Swordfish II

Affectionately known as the 'Stringbag' the Swordfish was already obsolete at the beginning of the Second world War, but remained in service until 1945.
Fiat G50bis

Fiat G50bis

Although underpowered and out-gunned by Allied fighters, the G5o served with the Italian Air Force until the end of the Second World War.
Fieseler Storch

Fieseler Storch

Best known of all German observation and liaison aircraft, the Storch was the personal transport of top German generals.
Focke Wulf Fw 189

Focke Wulf Fw 189

The most important of the Luftwaffe's reconnaissance machines in the Second World War, the Fw 189 was used mainly on the Russian front. It was a rugged aircraft, capable of operating under the worst conditons and of absorbing enormous punishment.
Focke Wulf Fw 190A

Focke Wulf Fw 190A

The early version of the famous FW 190 proved its versatility as the A-8 fighter variant or the F-8 ground-attack version.
Focke Wulf Fw 190D

Focke Wulf Fw 190D

Long-nose version of the classic German fighter of the Second World War, the Fw 190D saw service towards the end of the conflict in Europe.
Gloster Gladiator

Gloster Gladiator

The first RAF fighter to have a totally enclosed cockpit, the Gladiator fought in France, Norway and Greece, and gained lsting distinction during the defence of Malta.
Gloster Meteor III

Gloster Meteor III

The only Allied jet to see service during the Second World War, the Meteor III was used against the V-1 flying bombs. Later versions operated in the Korean war and served with the RAF until the 1960s.
Grumman F4F Wildcat

Grumman F4F Wildcat

The sturdy and reliable Wildcat served with the US Navy and the Fleet Air Arm.
Grumman F6F Hellcat

Grumman F6F Hellcat

An outstanding naval fighter of the Second World War, the Hellcat served mainly in the Pacific.
Handley Page Halifax BIII

Handley Page Halifax BIII

This bomber was one of the most widely used of the British heavy bombers; the one depicted on the illustration is an aircraft of 158 Squadron which survived the war after no less than 100 missions.
Handley Page Hampden

Handley Page Hampden

The unusual-looking Hampden was operated by RAF Bomber Command through the early war years in the night-bomber role. It later saw service as a minelayer and torpedo-bomber with Coastal Command.
Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane

The version Mk I was famous for its role in the Battle of Britain and the Mk IIB was used for intruder missions.
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