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Beached: German soldiers sitting on the Spitfire brought down on the wet sands at Calais by Flying Officer Peter Cazenove. It had been hit by a single bullet from a German Dornier bomber. The plane was consumed by the sandy beach and remained there for 40 years

Spitfire shot down over Dunkirk to fly again after 75 years

Beached: German soldiers sitting on the Spitfire brought down on the wet sands at Calais by Flying Officer Peter Cazenove. It had been hit by a single bullet from a German Dornier bomber. The plane was consumed by the sandy beach and remained there for 40 years

On board a British Pacific fleet carrier operating against the Japanese. Lieutenant Commander (A) Freddy Charlton, British Fleet Air Arm pilot, had a remarkable escape when the long-range petrol tank of his Chance-Vought Corsair fighter burst into flames (seen here) as he landed on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Both pilot and plane escaped damage.

On board a British Pacific fleet carrier operating against the Japanese. Lieutenant Commander (A) Freddy Charlton, British Fleet Air Arm pilot, had a remarkable escape when the long-range petrol tank of his Chance-Vought Corsair fighter burst into flames (seen here) as he landed on the deck of the aircraft carrier. Both pilot and plane escaped damage.

07 Apr 45: "Sonderkommando Elbe" sends 180 German Bf-109s to attack Allied bombers with the intent of ramming into them, aiming for either the tail, engines or cockpit, bailing out either before or after collision. While only 15 Allied bombers are attacked in this manner, eight are successfully destroyed. Most of the German pilots died, without inflicting the harm to the relentless Allied bombing campaign that had been hoped. #WWII #History

07 Apr 45: "Sonderkommando Elbe" sends 180 German Bf-109s to attack Allied bombers with the intent of ramming into them, aiming for either the tail, engines or cockpit, bailing out either before or after collision. While only 15 Allied bombers are attacked in this manner, eight are successfully destroyed. Most of the German pilots died, without inflicting the harm to the relentless Allied bombing campaign that had been hoped. #WWII #History

Bomber "Marauder" B-26, serial number 43-34565, 497 Squadron, 344th Bombardment Group, 9th U.S. Air Force is crashing to the ground after receiving a direct hit in the left engine during the bombing of a Erkelenz, Germany, 26 Feb 1945.

Bomber "Marauder" B-26, serial number 43-34565, 497 Squadron, 344th Bombardment Group, 9th U.S. Air Force is crashing to the ground after receiving a direct hit in the left engine during the bombing of a Erkelenz, Germany, 26 Feb 1945.

Bomber B-17G-25-DL Sweet Pea (serial number 42-38078) 429 Squadron 2nd Bomb Group of the 15th Air Army US Air Force received a direct hit flak during a raid on the Hungarian city of Debrecen 21/09/1944 . Despite the critical damage the pilot Guy Miller (Guy M. Miller) was able to hold on to the airfield Amendola car in Italy.

Bomber B-17G-25-DL Sweet Pea (serial number 42-38078) 429 Squadron 2nd Bomb Group of the 15th Air Army US Air Force received a direct hit flak during a raid on the Hungarian city of Debrecen 21/09/1944 . Despite the critical damage the pilot Guy Miller (Guy M. Miller) was able to hold on to the airfield Amendola car in Italy.

Abandoned Aircraft | Abandoned planes (29 photos)

Abandoned Aircraft | Abandoned planes (29 photos)

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A Junkers Ju-87 Stuka that crashed vertically nose-down, with the surviving pilot posing in front of it.

A Junkers Ju-87 Stuka that crashed vertically nose-down, with the surviving pilot posing in front of it.

American pilots of No.71 'Eagle' Squadron - Hawker Hurricanes at RAF Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire - 17/3/41

American pilots of No.71 'Eagle' Squadron - Hawker Hurricanes at RAF Kirton in Lindsey, Lincolnshire - 17/3/41

Bf 109G pilot after a combat mission - probably taken in Italy, late 1943.

Bf 109G pilot after a combat mission - probably taken in Italy, late 1943.

Mosquito Creek Lumber Company

Mosquito Creek Lumber Company

There are few scenes quite so evocative as the vision of a once mighty warbird resting silently in its watery grave, a tranquil underwater world so alien to the world that it was created to fly and fight in. Far removed from the hostile skies of Europe and the long hours of tension, cold and extreme danger endured by its crew, this potent warrior now lies peacefully, its guns silent and quiet forever

There are few scenes quite so evocative as the vision of a once mighty warbird resting silently in its watery grave, a tranquil underwater world so alien to the world that it was created to fly and fight in. Far removed from the hostile skies of Europe and the long hours of tension, cold and extreme danger endured by its crew, this potent warrior now lies peacefully, its guns silent and quiet forever

A B-17 takes a direct hit over Budapest.  Five men were able to bail out before the plane hit the ground.  You can bet that the pilot and co-pilot were not among them.

A B-17 takes a direct hit over Budapest. Five men were able to bail out before the plane hit the ground. You can bet that the pilot and co-pilot were not among them.

A B17 after it collided midair with another B17

A B17 after it collided midair with another B17

Focke Wulf FW-190A6 Nº20 of 4./Jagdgeschwader 54 (JG 54) on the airfield at Immola in Finland. 2nd of July 1944

Focke Wulf FW-190A6 Nº20 of 4./Jagdgeschwader 54 (JG 54) on the airfield at Immola in Finland. 2nd of July 1944

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