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World War II Vehicles, Tanks, Airplanes, and Ships

World War II, a time in history of great upheaval the world over. Found here in are some of the machines used in that time by the men and women who fought the battles, delivered the supplies, and transported the wounded. Look around and enjoy the historical information, the specifications, pictures and videos of the machines of war that were used in World War II.

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19 March 2017, Great Britain's Fairey Barracuda torpedo bomber / dive bomber

Though the British Fleet started receiving the Fairey Barracuda's in early 1943, it wasn't until a raid on the Tirpitz in 1944 that was their first major operation.

  • Fairey Barracuda torpedo-bomber

11 March 2017, Great Britain's Fairey Albacore torpedo-bomber

The Fairey Albacores weren't as well liked as their predisessor the Swordfish.

  • Fairey Albacore torpedo bomber

11 March 2017, United States' Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger torpedo bomber

The Grumman TBF Avenger was probably the best carrier based torpedo bomber of World War II.

  • Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo bomber

10 March 2017, United States' Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter

The Grumman F6F Hellcat was the premier US Navy carrier fighter of World War II. Over 12,000 were produced.

  • Grumman F6F Hellcat fighters

3 March 2017, United States' Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter

The Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter was the primary fighter for the US Navy at the start of the war.

  • Grumman F4F Wildcat fighter

 

3 March 2017, United States' Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber

Though considered outdated, the Douglas SBD Dauntless was the much preferred dive bomber used by the US Navy.

  • Douglas A-24B dive bomber

19 February 2017, United States' Vought F4U Corsair fighter

The Vought F4U Corsair was the best carrier based fighter of World War II.

  • Vought F4U-1 Corsair fighter

18 February 2017, United States' Curtiss SB2C Helldiver dive bomber, Nickname: The Beast

Not popular with crews, the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was still in the thick of the action against Japanese forces from 1944 to 1945.

17 February 2017, Japan's Yokosuka D4Y Suisei ("comet") dive bomber

The Yokosuka D4Y Suisei was based upon a German dive bomber design. It was well liked by pilots and maintenance crews.

11 February 2017, Japan's Nakajima B6N Tenzan ("heavenly mountain", "mountain of the sky") torpedo bomber

Though designed before the was in the Pacific started, it took two years of trials to get the Nakajima B6N Tenzan into production.

  • Nakajima B6N Tenzan Jill torpedo bomber

10 February 2017, Japan's Nakajima B5N torpedo bomber

Though a couple years old at the start of the Pacific War, the Nakajima B5N was probably the best torpedo bomber in the world.

  • Nakajima B5N1 Kate torpedo bomber

5 February 2017, Japan's Mitsubishi A6M Rei-sen (zero fighter) fighter

The Mitsubishi A6M, or better known by its nickname, the Zero, was the top fighter in the Pacific for about the first 6 months to a year before better Allied fighters came onto the scene.

  • Mitsubishi A6M Zeke fighter

4 February 2017, Japan's Aichi D3A; Navy Type 99 Carrier Bomber Model 11

Though obsolete at the start of World War II the Aichi D3A, Val, carrier based dive bomber was used extensively in the first six month of the war in the Pacific.

  • Aichi D3A Val dive-bomber

3 February 2017, Japan's Mitsubishi G3M bomber, Navy Type 96

The Mitsubishi G3M was used in the first ever trans-oceanic bombing raid in history.

  • Mitsubishi G3M Nell bomber

29 January 2017, Germany's Heinkel He 111 bomber, Spaten (Spade)

The Heinkel He 111 was also used as an anti-shipping aircraft but wasn't as successful as the Do 217.

  • Heinkel He 111 bomber

29 January 2017, Germany's Dornier Do 217 heavy bomber

The Dornier Do 217 was an effective anti-ship aircraft when it was equipped with the Fritz X or Hs 293A missiles.

  • Dornier Do 217E2 bomber

28 January 2017, United States' Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer maritime patrol bomber, reconnaissance

The PB4Y-2 Privateer was a maritime version of the B-24 which, with its long range, could close the gap in the Atlantic to hunt U-Boats.

  • Consolidated PB4Y-1 Liberator maritime patrol bomber

22 January 2017, United States' Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flew in massive numbers over Europe.

  • Boeing B-17E Flying Fortress bomber

22 January 2017, Great Britain's Vickers Wellington bomber, "Wimpey"

The Vickers Wellington was designed by the famed Dr. Barnes Wallis (of dambuster fame) and was used in the early years of World War II in Europe.

  • Vickers Wellington bomber

20 January 2017, Great Britain's De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito

The de Havilland Mosquito was one of the most versatile aircraft used in more roles than any other aircraft.

  • de Havilland Mosquito

17 January 2017, Great Britain's Bristol Beaufort torpedo bomber

The Bristol Beaufort was the RAF's primary torpedo bomber until it was replaced by the Beaufighter.

  • Bristol Beauforts torpedo bomber

 

17 January 2017, Great Britain's Bristol Beaufighter fighter

The Bristol Beaufighter was an excellent anti-shipping aircraft.

  • Bristol Beaufighter Mk IC fighter

17 January 2017, Great Britain's Avro Anson trainer

The Avro Anson was primarily used as a trainer, but early in World War II it was used for reconnaissance.

  • Avro Anson Mk I gunnery training

15 January 2017, United States' Northrop N-3PB Nomad floatplane

Produced for Norway, the Northrop N-3PB Nomads weren't delivered before the German invasion. They were used by Norwegian manned squadrons.

  • Northrop N-3PB Nomad floatplane

15 January 2017, United States' Grumman J2F Duck amphibian

Around 650 of the Grumman J2F Duck amphibians were manufactured before and during World War II. They were mostly used for utility type jobs.

  • Grumman J2F-3 amphibian

13 January 2017, United States' Vought OS2U Kingfisher land and floatplane

The Vought OS2U Kingfisher was extensively used in the United States Navy's warships.

  • Vought OS2U-2 Kingfisher floatplane

6 January 2017, United States' Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk floatplane

The Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk came late in World War II and replaced the SOCs.

  • Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk floatplane

6 January 2017, United States' Curtiss SOC Seagull floatplane

By 1940 all major warships in the United States Navy had Curtiss SOCs on board.

  • Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull floatplane

2 January 2017, Japan's Nakajima A6M2-N fighter floatplane, Navy Type 2 Floatplane Fighter Model 11

The Nakajima A6M2-N was a successful conversion of a fighter into a floatplane fighter.

  • Nakajima A6M2-N floatplane, Rufe

2 January 2017, Japan's Mitsubishi F1M reconnaissance floatplane, Navy Type 0

The Mitsubishi F1M floatplane was widely used on warships in the Imperial Japanese Navy.

  • Mitsubishi F1M Pete floatplane

Links

  • Free Military Manuals
    Free Military Manuals have manuals in pdf format, The main aim of this web site is to bring WWII German Military Manuals no longer in print into the public domain for free.
  • World War II Wiki
    Historical database for just about everything World War II.
  • Panzers of the Wehrmacht
    Informative site dedicated to the men and vehicles of the German Armed Forces of the Second World War. Contains an excellent image gallery.
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