Messerschmitt was a major producer of aircraft for Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Named for its chief engineer, Willy Messerschmitt, the company manufactured the famous Me-109 fighter that dominated the skies above Europe during the early days of World War II and opposed the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force during the Battle of Britain. Messerschmitt also produced the world’s first operational jet fighter, the Me-262 Schwalbe, or Swallow. The company survived World War II and is now a subsidiary of Deutsche Aerospace.
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The British Royal Air Force saved its island nation from invasion during the dark days of 1940 and the Battle of Britain. More »
Some American pilots risked arrest to join the Royal Air Force prior to U.S. entry into World War II. More »
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American William R. Dunn was the first Eagle Squadron pilot to shoot down a German aircraft in World War II. More »
Red Air Force female pilot Lilya Litvak became a fighter ace and a Hero of the Soviet Union fighting the Germans. More »
U.S. bombers took heavy losses after the bombing of Bremen, hitting the Focke-Wulf factory in northern Germany. More »
During WWII, the unique civilian organization did much to boost the morale of soldiers at home and abroad.
Acclaimed General Lloyd Fredendall lost his command after the debacle at the Battle of the Kasserine Pass.
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