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    B-17 crew members

    Battle of Britain - pilots scramble to their planes

    Hell's Angels B - 17 Flying Fortress and Crew

    Japanese WWII Kamikaze

    Elizabeth L. Gardner, WASP pilot, WWII

    Tuskegee Airmen.

    The Tuskegee Airmen | 1943

    Super ladies: Pilot Nancy Harkness Love and WAF co-pilot Betty Huyler Gillies, the first women to fly the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, circa 1943.

    American troops force suspected Hitler Youth members to view the bodies found in rail cars at Dachau Concentration Camp.

    American crew demonstrate the size of a hole in the wing of a B-17, resulting from German flak during a raid on Ludwigshafen, 1944. The B-17 was famous for sustaining crippling damage and still possessing the airworthiness to allow pilots to fly to safety.

    women of WW2. Tough times called for tough women!

    Ahmet Ali Çelikten (1883 – 1969) was one of only two known black combat pilots in World War I.

    Journalist w/B-17

    WWII: A Luftwaffe pilot showing off his kills. Possibly because of the sheer level of danger in dogfights and bombing raids, many airmen on both sides of the War, kept similar tallies on their planes. Keeping track of enemy planes downed means keeping track of the number of times one survived.

    Hellcat pilot Far East

    Dec. 7, 1941, 22-yr-old Cornelia Fort became the 1st American woman pilot in a combat zone while flying over Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. While 2 other civilian planes were shot out of the sky, she made it thru' the strafing & landed her plane. She was among the first pilots recruited for the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. In March 1943, she was killed by a midair collision while on a ferrying mission to Dallas.

    Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova (1922-2008), the only female pilot and navigator from Kazakhstan to serve during the Second World War. Dospanova made more than 300 combat missions and was seriously injured in April 1943 while making a landing in blackout conditions; she survived the crash but fractured both legs. Three months later, she returned to the regiment to continue fighting, going all the way to Berlin for the victory.

    Joe Kennedy Jr. in 1941 as a Navy pilot in training at the Naval air base at Squantum, Mass. He was killed in combat during WWII. He was the eldest son of the Kennedy family and was being groomed to run for President of the United States. After his death, his father turned his attention and aspirations to his second son, John F Kennedy.

    World War I Albatross going down. Most pilots did not wear parachutes and chose to plunge to their deaths rather than burn in their planes.

    Col Greg 'Pappy' Boyington of VMF214, Black Sheep Squadron

    Nancy Harkness Love, September 22, 1942. With the approach of World War II, Love recognized the coming need for pilots to ferry aircraft and identified highly qualified women pilots who could perform such duties. In September 1942, the Army Air Corps' Air Transport Command approved the creation of a temporary, civilian women's flying corps, the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS), under her direction. She is pictured here leaning against a Fairchild PT-19A. SI-96-15604