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Dramatic World War II Color Air Combat Footage

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This is what aerial combat during World War II over Europe looked like

A video producer by the name of Loudon Maverick has compiled a color video including fighter gun camera footage, dogfights, flak fire, kamikaze attacks, aerial combat between fighters and bombers, carpet bombing and huge explosions from above taken during WWII.

Regardless of the side, it took so much courage to fly and fight against the enemy in the skies over Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, North Africa or the Pacific, where some of the dramatic scenes you can see below were filmed.

 

H/T to @MaxHigh32 for the heads-up

 

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[Photo] Man-carrying pod used on U.S. P-38 Lightning during WWII

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Exint pods, man-carrying pods used to insert or exifiltrate special forces or wounded soldiers were not only tested British Harriers and AH-64 Apache and certified for Israeli AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters.

The concept dates back to World War 2 when “body-bags” or wing-mounted enclosures were tested on British Spitfires as well as Stuka dive bombers and ME 109 fighters. Tests were conducted even in the U.S.

Dan Nelson, a reader of this blog sent us some pictures, reportedly taken in 1944, showing casualty evacuation pods attached to an F-5, the reconnaissance variant of the P-38 Lightining.

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Image credit: via Dan Nelson

 

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Some of the most interesting images of Pearl Harbor Attack

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On Sunday Dec. 7, 1941, 72 years ago today, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor, in the Hawaii, causing the death of 2,402 Americans, wounding 1,282 others, sinking four warships and damaging many others.

The attack, unexpected because negotiations were still apparently in progress, led to the entry of the U.S. into World War II and President Roosevelt to proclaim Dec. 7, 1941, “a date which will live in infamy.”

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Japanese Navy Mitsubishi A6M2 “Zero” fighter launches from the aircraft carrier Akagi (this should be an image from the second wave).
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Japanese aircraft prepare to take off from Shokaku aircraft carrier to attack Pearl Harbor.

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Naval dispatch from the Commander in Chief Pacific (CINCPAC) announcing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Not only warships anchored in the harbor were attacked during the Japanese air raid. 188 U.S. planes were destroyed and 159 damaged during the attack.

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USS Arizona explodes in Pearl Harbor at 08.10 AM: half of the total number of victims of that day were aboard this battleship.

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Rescue boat nears the sunken USS West Virginia (BB-48) during the Japanese attack.

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Japanese dive bomber hit by the anti-aircraft fire: about 30 Japanese planes were downed during the attack.

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Panorama view of Pearl Harbor, during the Japanese raid. Note the anti-aircraft shell bursts overhead.

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PBY Catalina is recovered at Kaneohe airfield.

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A destroyed B-17 after the attack on Hickam Field.

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Routes used by the Japanese fleet to approach Pearl Harbor.

Image credit: U.S. Navy

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Watch this: GoPro video shows the point of view from the retractable ball turret of a WWII B-24 heavy bomber

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After watching the awesome clip of a Lancaster flying over London, many readers have sent links to other footage worth a look.

For instance, the extremely interesting video in this post gives a previously unseen view at the Consolidated B-24J Liberator.

The B-24 was among the U.S. most famous heavy bombers of WWII: at +18,400 units, it ended the conflict as the most produced heavy bomber in history and was the only to deploy U.S.’ first forerunner to precision-guided munitions during the war, the 1,000 lb. Azon guided bomb.

Thanks to a GoPro camera was installed at the end of the 50 cal gun facing the retractable ball turret; the footage shot from that camera lets you see the aircraft taxiing, rotating and maneuvering in the background.

Unlike what one might think, statistics show that the ball turret gunner had the lowest combat loss rate in WWII: even if some gunners crashed with their aircraft there were some who survived using chest pack chutes, and bailing out of the aft door or open bomb bay.

If the turret gunner was small enough he could have worn a B-8 backpack parachute in the turret and could potentially bail out directly from the turret.

I found it extremely cool, don’t you?

 

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Radio chatter clip of WWII Lancaster bomber engaged by German plane during a attack mission

Since radios were not so advanced, audio clips from World War Two are quite rare.

This make the following radio chatter clip of a Lancaster bomber being attacked by a German fighter during a war mission over Germany particularly interesting.

The crew seems to panic as the German plane engages the Lancaster shortly after the latter has dropped its bombed, and the captain at one point shouts “Okay, don’t shout all at once!”

Eventually one of the gunners manages to bring down the German fighter.

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H/T to Wilson T King for the heads-up

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