World War Two (1939-1945)

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What it's like to fly in Flying Bulls’ B-25J Mitchell

Luke Bimm looks back at the legendary ‘Doolittle Raids’ and experiences what it was like to fly one of the machines responsible for the United States’ first bombing raid of World War Two

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The birth of The Eighth Air Force

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver charts the arrival and operations of The Eighth Air Force in the European theatre of World War Two

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The Eighth Air Force vs The Flakwaffe

Donald Nijboer examines the use of flak in World War Two – the greatest combat hazard to bombers operating in European skies

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Mosquito strikes in Norwegian waters

Graham Pitchfork describes the attacks of RAF Coastal Command Mosquitos in Norwegian waters during World War Two 

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The intense aerial attacks that sunk Hitler's battleship Tirpitz

Graham Pitchfork describes the intense efforts to neutralise the threat of the battleship Tirpitz

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“Aladdin's cave of aviation riches”: Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown on test flying seized German jets

The most famous naval test pilot, Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, marvelled at the German aviation technology he discovered at the end of World War Two. In one of his last interviews before his death in early 2016, he reflected to Aeroplane on his impressions of these incredible machines

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Coastal Command Bristol Blenheims in World War Two

Blenheims saw considerable service on long-range shipping protection sorties, as Andrew Thomas outlines

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Operation Pedestal: the incredible mission to resupply Malta

With 2022 marking the 80th anniversary of Operation Pedestal, Joseph Galea Debono details the incredible operation to resupply the Mediterranean island of Malta

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The remarkable place where Rolls-Royce developed the mighty Merlin

In the first of a two-part feature, heritage photographer and curator Nigel Gibson describes the early days of Hucknall’s Flight Test Establishment, its vital relationship with Rolls-Royce and the role of his grandfather, Ted Gibson

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The dramatic role of RAF Hurricanes in the Battle of El Alamein

This year marks the 80th anniversary of World War Two’s pivotal Battle of El Alamein in North Africa. Andrew Thomas reflects on the dramatic role played by Hawker Hurricane ‘tank busters’ from the RAF’s 6 Squadron