August 17th, 1943, a daring double strike took place against the
Me-109 assembly plant at Regensburg and the ball bearing plant
at Schweinfurt. As the B-17's of the 4th Bomb Group crossed the
Dutch coast, the fighters of JG26, based
nearby, commenced a protracted aerial assault but were unable to
prevent the ultimate success of the mission. It was one of the most daring raids of World War
II, but it was only one of many. In Europe, the American
and British Air Forces continually bombed Nazi Germany. In
the Pacific, the U.S. Navy slugged it out the with
Japanese. In 1944, they turned newly captured islands over
to the army and it began firebombing Japan.
Many of the planes used in World War II were
actually developed in prior to the war, but we have listed them
here as it where they gained their fame.