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Bell P-39 Airacobra An American fighter aircraft designed by 'Bell Aircraft' in service during WW2. It was used by the Soviet Air Force, the Free French, the Royal Air Force, the United States Army Air Forces, and the Italian Co-Belligerent Air Force.1
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress A four-engine heavy bomber aircraft developed in the 1930s for the United States Army Air Corps. It was primarily used in the daylight precision strategic bombing campaign of WW2 against German industrial and military targets.6
Consolidated B-24 Liberator An American heavy bomber introduced in 1941 that had a high cruise speed, long range and a heavy bomb load which played an instrumental role in closing the Mid-Atlantic Gap in the Battle of the Atlantic. It was used extensively in WW2 in Allied air forces and saw use in every theatre of operations.5
Consolidated PBY Catalina An American flying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of WW2, being used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions and cargo transport. Known as the Canso in Canadian service.5
Curtiss P-36 Hawk An American-designed and built fighter aircraft of the 1930s and 40s, making extensive use of metal in its construction. A contemporary of both the Hawker Hurricane and Messerschmitt Bf 109. It was the fighter used most extensively and successfully by the French Armee de l’air during the Battle of France.2
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (Kittyhawk) The British Commonwealth forces name for the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants that superseded the Tomahawk. It was the Desert Air Force’s air superiority fighter for the first few months of 1942, until 'tropicalised' Spitfires were available.1
Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (Tomahawk) The British Commonwealth forces name for the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C. An American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft that first saw combat with the British squadrons in the Middle East and North African campaigns, during June 1941.1
Douglas A-20 Havoc (Boston) An American attack, light bomber and intruder aircraft of WW2 that served with several Allied air forces and was known as the 'Boston' in the RAF. Soviet units received a third of all those built.5
Douglas A-20 Havoc A US attack, light bomber, intruder, and reconnaissance aircraft of WW2. In British Commonwealth air forces, bomber/attack variants were usually designated as the 'Boston', while night fighter and intruder variants were known as 'Havoc'.1
Douglas C-47 Skytrain A military transport aircraft developed from the civilian Douglas DC-3 airliner. It was used extensively by the Allies during WW2. It was designated by the RAF as the 'Dakota'.1
Grumman F4F Wildcat (Martlet) An American carrier-based fighter aircraft that in 1940 began service with both the US Navy and the Royal Navy where it was known as the Martlet. During the early part of WW2 it was the only effective fighter available to the US Navy First in the Pacific Theatre.1
Lockheed Hudson An American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the RAF shortly before the outbreak of WW2. It served throughout the war, mainly with Coastal Command but also in transport and training roles.6
Lockheed P-38 Lightning A WW2 American fighter aircraft with a distinctive twin booms. It was used for interception, dive bombing, level bombing, ground attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance, radar and visual pathfinding for bombers and as a long-range escort fighter.1
Lockheed Ventura A twin engine medium bomber of WW2, used by United States and British Commonwealth forces in several guises, including maritime patrol. Also known as the Lockheed B-34 Lexington.1
Martin B-26 Marauder An American WW2 twin-engined medium bomber built by the 'Glenn L. Martin Company' from 1941 to 1945. It was used in the Pacific Theatre in early 1942 and also in the Mediterranean Theatre and in Western Europe.1
Martin Baltimore A twin-engined light attack bomber built by the 'Glenn L. Martin Company' in the United States, originally ordered by the French in May 1940. With the fall of France it was subsequently used by Great Britain in the Mediterranean and Middle East theatre of WW2.1
Martin Maryland The British name for the Martin Model 167, an American-designed light bomber that saw action in WII with France and the United Kingdom. Many of the aircraft were deployed to Egypt and Malta and used for reconnaissance operations in North and Eastern Africa, sometimes as a bomber.2
North American B-25 Mitchell An American twin-engine, medium bomber manufactured by 'North American Aviation' named in honour of Major General William 'Billy' Mitchell and used by many Allied air forces in every theatre of WW2.1
Waco CG-4 Glider An American troop/cargo military glider of WW2 designed by the 'Waco Aircraft Company'. It was designated the CG-4A and named 'Hadrian' in British military service.1
Wright R-1820 Cyclone Radial Engine An American radial engine developed by Curtiss-Wright, widely used on aircraft in the 1930s through 1950s.1