1944- You are looking out of an American Flying Fortress, B-17 "Lady Godiva", at a Nazi Messerschmitt less than 25 feet off the bomber's wing just as the fighter pulls away to start dive. Photo made by aerial combat photographer Victor LaBruno during U.S. 8th Air Force raid on oil plants at Brux.
In the closing days of the war, Unit 731, Japan’s feared biological and chemical warfare unit, planned a deadly chemical attack on the United States. Kamikaze bombers loaded with plague bombs would target a poorly defended but densely populated area. The chosen target was San Diego, California. The mission, called Operation Cherry Blossoms in the Night, would be carried out on September 22, 1945.
B-17 Bomber crew member. He wrote two books about his exploits. One book was called, "An Innocent at Polebrook, a Memoir of an 8th Air Force Bombardier. The other book is called, "The innocent Cadet, Becoming a World War II Bombardier
Consolidated B-24H Liberators of 486th Bombardment Group, US Eighth Air Force, flying over part of the Allied invasion fleet gathered off the Normandy coast, 6 June 1944. They were part of a force despatched on the morning of D-Day to bomb villages which had access roads to the beachheads running through them.