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.
11 March 2017, Great Britain's Fairey Albacore torpedo-bomber
The Fairey Albacores weren't as well liked as their predisessor the Swordfish.
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.
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.
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.
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Though considered outdated, the Douglas SBD Dauntless was the much preferred dive bomber used by the US Navy.
19 February 2017, United States' Vought F4U Corsair fighter
The Vought F4U Corsair was the best carrier based fighter of World War II.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22 January 2017, United States' Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flew in massive numbers over Europe.
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.
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.
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.
17 January 2017, Great Britain's Bristol Beaufighter fighter
The Bristol Beaufighter was an excellent anti-shipping aircraft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 January 2017, United States' Curtiss SOC Seagull floatplane
By 1940 all major warships in the United States Navy had Curtiss SOCs on board.
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.
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.