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World War II, a time in history of great upheaval the world over. Found here in are some of the machines used in that time by the men and women who fought the battles, delivered the supplies, and transported the wounded. Look around and enjoy the historical information, the specifications, pictures and videos of the machines of war that were used in World War II.

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22 May 2016, Italy's Reggiane Re.2001 fighter

Only around 250 of the Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II fighters were built. They used a license built Daimler-Benz 601 engine.

  • Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II fighter

21 May 2016, Italy's Macchi MC.202; Folgore fighter

The Macchi M.C. 202 Folgore had almost 1,500 manufactured from 1941 to 1943. At Italy's surrender many went on to fight with the Fascist Air Force.

  • Macchi M.C.202 Folgore fighter

21 May 2016, Italy's Fiat R.S.14, RS.14 torpedo bomber and reconnaissance floatplane

Under 200 of the Fiat R.S.14 floatplanes were manufactured.

  • Fiat R.S.14 floatplane

21 May 2016, Italy's Caproni Ca.313 reconnaissance

The Caproni Ca.313 was plagued by mechanical problems mostly due to the poor quality of manufacturing. Over 200 were built.

15 May 2016, Italy's Cant Z.1007 medium bomber

The Cant Z.1007 was Italy's main torpedo bomber during World War II. They suffered many losses in the battles against the Malta bound convoys.

  • Cant Z.1007bis Alcione medium bomber

14 May 2016, Italy's Cant Z.506B floatplane

The Cant Z.506 was one of the largest floatplanes used in World War II.

  • Cant Z.506B Airone floatplane

8 May 2016, Germany's Siebel Si 204 liaison

The Siebel Si 204 was manufactured in France during World War II.

8 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse (Hornet) heavy fighter

The Messerschmitt Me 410 was a multi role aircraft by being a fighter, a bomber, or even carrying cameras for reconnaissance. 1,160 were manufactured.

  • Messerschmitt Me 410 reconnaissance

7 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Me 321 and Me 323 "Gigant" transports

The Messerschmitt Me 321 and Messerschmitt Me 323 were used as large transports with many being used in the Mediterranean.

  • Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant transport

 

6 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter

The Me 262 was the first operational jet fighter. Though a very good fighter, there weren't enough trained pilots nor fuel to make a difference.

  • Messerschmitt Me 262A-1a Schwalbe fighter

 

1 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet jet fighter

The Messerschmitt Me 163 was a short endurance high speed jet fighter. It could achieve speeds close to 600 mph in the 8 - 12 minutes of flight that it was capable of. Even with that only nine confirmed Allied aircraft were shot down.

  • Messerschmitt Me 163A-V4 Komet jet fighter

 

1 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighter, Zerstörer (destroyer)

The Messerschmitt Bf 110 started out to be a heavy fighter, but the concept was flawed. It eventually had some success as a night fighter.

  • Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighter

1 May 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Me 109 fighter

The most numerous fighter ever the Messerschmitt Me 109 was prolific in the skies over Europe and Africa, when there was enough pilots and fuel.

  • Messerschmitt Me 109 fighter

29 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 90, Junkers Ju 290, and Junkers Ju 390 reconnaissance

The Junkers Ju 90, Ju 290, and Ju 390 series were to be the newer, larger transports and long range reconnaissance aircraft. However, very few were built.

  • Junkers Ju 290 reconnaissance

 

29 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 388 night fighter, reconnaissance, and bomber

The Junkers Ju 388s were used at high altitudes and Allied fighters had difficulty in reaching them.

24 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 288 bomber

Though resembling the Ju 88 and Ju 188 to some extent the Junkers Ju 288 bomber was its own design. Though good performance, few were built.

  • Junkers Ju 288 V1 bomber

 

24 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 287 jet bomber

The Junkers Ju 287 was a unique bomber for World War II, not only the first heavy jet bomber, but also one that had wings that swept forward instead of backwards. Only three prototypes were built.

23 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 252 and Ju 352 transports

The Junkers Ju 252 and Ju 352 were improved Ju 52s but built in very limited numbers.

22 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 188 medium bomber

The Junkers Ju 188 was almost as versatile as its predecessor the Ju 88.

  • Junkers Ju 188E-1 bomber

 

17 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 88 medium bomber, ground attack, reconnaissance, night fighter

The Junkers Ju 88 series was probably the most versatile aircraft in the German Luftwaffe. It could be used as a bomber, ground attack, reconnaissance, and night fighter.

  • Junkers Ju 88A-1 bomber

 

8 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka", Stürzkampfflugzeug, dive bomber

The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka got a fierce reputation early in the war as it met little opposition. But if there were enemy fighters about they were very vulnerable.

  • Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber

 

2 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 86 medium bomber

Almost 500 of the Junkers Ju 86s were manufactured. They were an early bomber design that didn't perform very well.

  • Junkers Ju 86 bomber

 

2 April 2016, Germany's Junkers Ju 52 transport

The Junkers Ju 52 was the main air transport for the German military. They saw widespread use on all fronts.

  • Junkers Ju 52/3

 

1 April 2016, Germany's Henschel Hs 129 close support

The Henschel Hs 129 was a very good close support aircraft that destroyed many Allied tanks.

  • Henschel Hs 129B close support

 

27 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 178 jet fighter

The Heinkel He 178 was the first jet aircraft to be designed as a fighter. Only one was built.

  • Heinkel He 178 jet fighter

 

27 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 280 jet fighter

An early fighter, the Heinkel He 280 wasn't as successful as the other German jets and only prototypes were made.

27 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 219 night fighter Uhu ("Owl")

The Heinkel He 219 was originally designed to be an all purpose aircraft but in 1941 it was designated to only be a night fighter.

  • Heinkel He 219 Uhu night fighter

 

26 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 177 Greif bomber ("Griffon")

The Heinkel He 177 Grief was Germany's only mass produced strategic bomber. It was hampered by the dual engine setup and by the insistence by German leadership in making it capable of dive bombing.

  • Heinkel He 177 Greif bomber

 

19 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 162 jet fighter, Salamander, Volksjäger (People's Fighter)

The Heinkel He 162 was intended to be a simple to construct and simple to fly fighter. It came much too late in World War II to make any sort of difference in the outcome.

  • Heinkel He 162 Salamander

 

19 March 2016, Germany's Heinkel He 111 bomber, Spaten (Spade)

The Heinkel He 111 started out as a fake airliner with the intention of turning it into a bomber. Used throughout World War II it did have early successes but the bomb load and protection were just not good enough.

  • Heinkel He 111 bomber

Links

  • Free Military Manuals
    Free Military Manuals have manuals in pdf format, The main aim of this website is to bring WWII German Military Manuals no longer in print into the public domain for free.
  • World War II Wiki
    Historical database for just about everything World War II.
  • Panzers of the Wehrmacht
    Informative site dedicated to the men and vehicles of the German Armed Forces of the Second World War. Contains an excellent image gallery.
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