With barrage balloons against enemy aircraft flying overhead, a long line of LCts is crossing the English Channel, bringing men and material to the beachheads in France, during the Allied invasion of the Normandy, June 13, 1944. (AP Photo/Irvin Bede)
Soviet ace fighter pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Baranov. Stalingrad, 1942. Soviet pilots didn’t want to paint German crosses on their plane to show their victories like western pilots did, it was a dishonour for them to have enemy emblems on their aircraft.
Flying Fortress B-17 on a sortie over a Japanese installations on Gizo Island in October, 1942. This one raid was part of a series of air attacks on the enemy during the fight for Guadalcanal, you can see the smoke from the bomb strikes in the background.
This photo, originating from HMSO publications of the time, had been entitled “Spitfires can take it. Riddled fighter makes safe landing in Italy”. It is believed to be taken in 1944 and the aircraft is a Spitfire Mk. V, but regrettably the name of the pilot had not been recorded. Details of the actual event are also unknown.
On January 11, 1944, Major James Howard, alone, flew his P-51 into thirty six German fighters that were attacking a formation of American B-17 bombers. For more than a hour, Howard defended the heavy bombers against the swarm of fighters, repeatedly attacking the enemy airplanes and shooting down as many as six. The leader of the bombers reported that, "For sheer determination and guts, it was the greatest exhibition I've ever seen.” Howard received the Medal of Honor for his action that…
http://paullanquist.com/portfolio/b-17# "The B-17 was the American bomber of World War II. This poster is one of a series of posters that I designed for the Boeing Museum of Flight. Here I show the planes heading for home after the target has been hit. It was by no means certain that they would make it back to base. The planes would try to climb as high as possible to avoid enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire in order to increase the odds of their survival."