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World War II Vehicles, Tanks, Airplanes, and Ships

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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9 December 2016, Great Britain's Fairey Seafox float plane

Fairey Seafoxes were used on light cruisers for reconnaissance and round spotting.

  • Fairey Seafox floatplane

9 December 2016, Netherlands' Fokker T.VIII-W, Fokker T.VIII bomber

Only a few of the Fokker T.VIII-Ws were completed. A few were used by the allies but the lack of spare parts eventually took them out of service.

  • Fokker T.VIII-W floatplane

30 November 2016, France's Latécoère Laté 298 floatplane, torpedo / reconnaissance, bomber

The Laté 298 was a decently performing floatplane, but by the time of the Fall of France there were few left. Those that were flew to North Africa.

25 November 2016, Soviet Union's Beriev MBR-2, Beriev Be-2 flying boat

Around 1,500 of the Beriev MBR-2s were produced.

25 November 2016, Italy's Cant Z.501 Gabbiano "Gull" flying boat

The Cant Z.501 was developed in the early 1930s and was vulnerable to Allied fighters.

  • Cant Z.501 Gabbiano flying boat

24 November 2016, United States' Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat

Almost 3,300 of the excellent Consolidated PBY Catalinas were manufactured. It was so good that the Soviets even licensed built a version.

  • Consolidated PBY flying boat

20 November 2016, United States' Martin PBM Mariner flying boat

The Martin PBM Mariner was primarily used in the Pacific for air-sea resuce and searching for the Japanese fleet.

  • Martin PBM Mariner flying boat

 

19 November 2016, United States' Consolidated PB2Y Coronado flying boat

Less than 230 of the Consolidated PB2Y Coronados were built. Patrol work and transport were its main use.

  • Consolidated PB2Y-2 Coronado flying boat

18 November 2016, Japan's Kawanishi H8K; Type 2 Flying Boat Model 11

Probably the best flying boat of World War II, the Kawanishi H8K had great range and could defend itself. However less than 200 were manufactured as priorities changed in the last two years of World War II.

  • Kawanishi H8K Emily flying boat

15 November 2016, Japan's Kawanishi H6K flying boat

The Kawanishi H6K was a very good flying boat, but it lacked armor and self sealing fuel tanks which made it very vulnerable.

  • Kawanishi H6K Mavis flying boat

11 November 2016, Germany's Blohm und Voss Bv 138 reconnaissance flying boat

Used very successfully over the North Sea, the Blohm und Voss Bv 138 was used starting with the invasion of Norway.

  • Blohm und Voss Bv 138 flying boat

11 November 2016, Great Britain's Vickers-Supermarine Stranraer flying boat

The Supermarine Stranraer flying boat was developed in the mid-1930s and was used shortly in World War II.

  • Supermarine Stranraer Mk I flying boat

6 November 2016, Great Britain's Saunders-Roe Saro London flying boat

The Saro London flying boat was used in the early phases of World War II. They were mostly replaced by better aircraft in 1940.

  • Saro London Mk I flying boat

6 November 2016, Great Britain's Saunders-Roe Lerwick, Saro Lerwick flying boat

The Saro Lerwick turned out to be a failure as a maritime patrol aircraft and only 21 were made.

  • Saro Lerwick flying boat

4 November 2016, France's Potez 63 day and night fighter

The Potez 63 day and night fighter suffered much greater losses than they shot down of the enemy.

  • Potez 63 fighter

31 October 2016, Japan's Nakajima J1N Gekko / Gekkō (moonlight); Navy Type 2

The Nakajima J1N was converted in the field to be a night fighter and was successful in the southwest Pacific.

31 October 2016, Japan's Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu (Dragon Killer) fighter; Army Type 2

The Kawasaki Ki-45 was a very successful night fighter even without radar.

  • Kawasaki Ki-45 Toryu night fighter

28 October 2016, United States' Douglas P-70 Havoc night fighter

The Douglas P-70s were primarily converted into night fighters from A-20 light bombers and were used in Europe and in the Pacific.

  • Douglas P-70 night fighter

28 October 2016, Germany's Messerschmitt Bf 110 fighter, Zerstörer (destroyer)

The Messerschmitt Bf 110 was used as a night fighter to take on the British bomber streams.

  • Messerschmitt Bf-110 fighter

22 October 2016, Germany's Dornier Do 17, Do 215, and Do 217 bombers, night fighters and reconnaissance

The Do 17, Do 215, and Do 217 were used as bombers but were also used as night fighters and in reconnaissance during World War II.

  • Dornier Do-17Z-2 bomber

Links

  • Free Military Manuals
    Free Military Manuals have manuals in pdf format, The main aim of this web site 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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