The One That Ended World War 2

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress “Silverplate” version which stripped off all the machine gun turrets except the tail gun to save weight. While the Enola Gay is at the Smithsonian in D.C. this is Bokscar, the B-29 that dropped Fat Man on Nagasaki Japan on August 9th 1945 and ended World War 2.

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Before moving on the the Korean Conflict gallery I’m taking a week off to post some more conventional pics I’ve done in the last month.. 🙂

Kawanishi N1K2-Ja (Shinden Kai)

Also known as a George the Shinden Kai (Violet Lightning) was the most advanced fighter the Japanese had during WW2, and I thought it was the Zero, silly me. This George is only one of three fully restored in the world.

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The First Jet Fighters

Like them or hate them, the Germans developed the first jet fighters as well as rocket technology.

First is the Messerschmitt Me-262A Schwalbe (Swallow)

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The ME-262A could also be fitted with the biggest gun used my aircraft in WW2 the BK-5 50mm cannon.

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And second it the Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet this interceptor was more of a pest then effecient.

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Messerschmitt and Focke Wulf

I have to admit my two favorite fighters of WW2 were not American, or even British. I have two of my favorites right here…

First is the BF-109G Messerschmitt a true beauty and a big pest for allied bombers.

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And second is the FW-190D-9 Focke Wulf this particular one is on loan from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
I built more models of these two aircraft than any others as a kid.

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And last is a nice side by side of the P-51D and the FW-190D.

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D-Day Support

Here are two iconic birds that made D-Day possible, the C-47 Skytrain which delivered paratroopers and gliders then supplies to the troops in France and the Waco CG-4A Hadrian glider which did the same but was towed by the Skytrain. After the Normandy landings the Skytrains would swoop in and grab and go/ pick up the gliders.

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