An Italian newspaper shows German planes swooping over the Thames during the Blitz. The river area was heavily targeted by bombers in the Second World War, with the Docklands hit by over 2,500 bombs. It took until the 1960s for the damage to be repaired.
Fighter pilot Richard Ira Bong and his wife, Marge Sieland, pose on an airstrip next to Bong's P-38 Lightning (also named Marge) in Minnesota during a publicity tour. Taken by a Minneapolis newspaper photographer on June 12, 1944. Tragically Bong died in 1945 when the fuel pump of the plane he was flying malfunctioned. #vintage #1940s #WW2
Don't be surprised if it the first time you hear this name, but his man was the pilot of all pilots. At the age of 15 he built his own glider, jumped of a cliff and well - crashed. But it didn't stop him, his passion for aviation only grew stronger. He achieved a doctorate in aeronautical engineering and two years later performed the first ever outside loop with a Curtiss Hawk. He then took up racing, wining most major trophies possible and braking the landplane speed record.