The Pe-2 was redesigned from a high-altitude escort fighter into a dive bomber in just 45 days after word spread of Luftwaffe successes in 1940. Surprisingly, the result was a highly successful light bomber rated as one of the best...
Soviet Ace Pilot: Mariya Dolina
Hero of the Soviet Union Mariya Ivanovna Dolina enlisted as a volunteer in the 269th Fighter Regiment in 1941 and flew 200 combat special missions in an antiquated U-2 training aircraft carrying orders, mail and medical supplies for the hard-pressed...
Junkers Ju 88C squadron
The Ju 88C was one of the most successful heavy fighters used by the Luftwaffe. It was a conversion of the Ju 88 bomber with its usual glasshouse nose replaced by a solid fairing mounting a formidable battery of machine...
German Ace Pilot: Walter Borchers
Walter Borchers flew Me110s with ZG 76 in the early phases of the war, scoring 10 victories in the aerial battles over France and Britain in 1940. Borchers’ unit was made into a night-fighter squadron incorporating Ju 88C heavy fighters...