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Messerschmitt Me 262A

Messerschmitt Me 262A

The world's first turbojet to be used operationally in the fighter-bomber role, the Me 262 marked the peak of German aircraft design in the Second World War.
Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero

Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero

This celebrated Japanese wartime aircraft was used as a fighter, trainer, dive-bomber and eventually as a suicide plane.
North American B-25 Mitchell

North American B-25 Mitchell

The famous USAAF medium bomber was employed in every war theatre during the Second World War and remained in service during three decades after the war in many world air forces.
North American P-51B Mustang

North American P-51B Mustang

One of the finest piston-engined fighters of the Second World War.
North American P-51D Mustang

North American P-51D Mustang

The sleek Mustang with its high performance was one of the outstanding fighter-bombers of the Second World War.
Northrop P-61 Black Widow

Northrop P-61 Black Widow

The first American aircraft to be designed specifically as a night-fighter, Black Widows operated both in Europe and the Pacific.
Savoia Marchetti SM79

Savoia Marchetti SM79

The Sparviero was the most efficient of all Italian bombers in the Second World War and was developed from experience gained in the Spanish Civil War.
Supermarine Spitfire 1a

Supermarine Spitfire 1a

The Spitfire ranks as one of the most famous fighter aircraft of all time. The illustration shows the version flown during the Battle of Britain.
Supermarine Spitfire VB

Supermarine Spitfire VB

More Spitfire Vs were built than any other variant of the most famous of all fighter aircraft. This version carried the air war to Europa after the Battle of Britain.
Vickers Armstrong Wellington BIII

Vickers Armstrong Wellington BIII

Popularly known as the 'Wimpey' this was the standard RAF night-bomber in the early years of the Second World War. More Wellingtons were produced than any other British bomber, being completed 11,450 units of all versions.
Vought F4U-1D Corsair

Vought F4U-1D Corsair

Immediately recognisable by its inverted gull wing, the Corsair of the US Navy performed brilliantly against the Japanese in the Pacific where it was known as the Whispering Death.
Vought Kingfisher

Vought Kingfisher

Built in both landplane and floatplane versions and operated by the US services and the Royal Navy.
Westland Lysander

Westland Lysander

Initially used in the Army cooperation role, the Lysander gained fame as a spy transport.
Westland Whirlwind

Westland Whirlwind

Low level anti-shipping and train-busting sorties were the speciality of the RAF Whirlwind squadrons.
Yak-9D

Yak-9D

Probably the most famous of Soviet Second World War fighters, the Yak was a simple but extremely efficient machine.
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