Squad of Rufe's at Bougainville . These things were very nimble even with the damn pontoons.
Snow on deck. USS Philippine Sea North Pacific 1945
Deck crew climbing up to get the pilot out. He did. Thats a fuel tank his foot is on. Empty?
U.S. munitions ship goes up during the invasion of Sicily .
Spitfire "tipping-off" a V1. If you've never heard of this insane tactic ....
At first V1's were shot down by gunfire. Optimum range was inside 200yds, which was marginal
for survival. Many planes were damaged and quite a few pilots killed. Basically at such high speed and low altitude a plane
had to fly though the explosion and hope.
With the high risk of being blown up some of the best pilots started tipping the V1's wing,
because of damage to wing tips they later developed a tactic of disrupting the aitflow by placing their wing very close to
the V1's wing, causing it to topple.
Not every pilot did this. At night
this was not possible, the flame from the V1 blinded the pilot to everything else, though some Mossie pilots flew past closely
in front of the V1, again causing it to topple. The thought of doing this at 450mph, 4,000 feet above the ground, at night
and being blinded gives me the willies.
Ju 88 loading a torpedo. This is one HUGE bomber ... and it's on freaking pontoons!!!!
Reloading a KARL