Gun Camera Footage of World War II: Photography from Allied by Douglas Keeney

By Douglas Keeney

This paintings spans the interval among the 1st eighth Air strength project in July, 1942 and the final in might of 1945. It starts with the bomber streams, maintains with air-to-air dogfighting and ends with the dramatic use of combatants within the air-to-ground position.

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The crew escaped. (Below) The wounded are carried off a B-l 7. (Right) A B-l 7 has crash landed and burned in the fields of France. The crew escaped. Notice the zig-zagging German bunkers and the tunnels. American soldiers encountered these defenses as they drove from Aachen to Berlin. 53 As the faces of this returning bomber crew attest, there was no real joy returning from a missionthere was only survival. AIR TO AIR Nothing surprised the Luftwaffe more than to discover that American fighter pilots could actually shoot them down in a dogfight.

Straightforward, yes, but it was hard duty. In the early years, they could only go so far. At some point in every mission, the little friends would rock their wings, whisper a prayer and turn back, leaving the B-l 7s and B-24s to their own defenses, alone over German territory. It was disheartening to say the least and the bombers would inevitably be ravaged by the waiting Germans. Thankfully, along came two remedies. Better drop tanks. And the P-51 Mustang. Together, fighters now had the range to escort their bombers all the way into Berlin and back home again.

The second P-47 finishes off the 110. In excitement of the chase, the second Thunderbolt might not have seen the first. In the early stages of the air war, American fighter pilots could only engage the Germans when they attacked a formation. As time passed, that changed, and American pilots would free to hunt the Germans down.

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