U.S. Army Planes of World War II

    The United States was ill prepared for World War II.  Her army was just too small to take on the combined forces of the Axis, yet she wanted to help her allies.  The answer was the B-17 bomber. 
The first groups arrived in England in early 1942.  They suffered devastating losses, but soon more planes and pilots began to arrive.  Within 18 months, the U.S. was launching thousand plane raids against Nazi Germany.  Once the Allies invaded, bombers and fighters supported the ground action. In the Pacific, the Army Air Forces played a comparatively minor role to the navy until bases were established for the new B-29.  They bombed Japan into submission.     
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