American World War 2 Planes

American World War 2 planes weren’t seen in combat at the beginning of the conflict. Two years after the outbreak of WW2, the USA declared war to the Axis powers after the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese aviation on December 7, 1941. During these two years, though, the country of the Wright brothers manufactured and sold tons of material (including airplane engines and parts) to the Allied Forces, mainly Britain and the Commonwealth countries like Australia, Canada or New-Zealand, which all were put in contribution as early as 1939. Besides, several American pilots went fighting in Europe on a voluntary basis in Britain aircrafts.

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(Looking for info on a specific American aircraft? Scroll down this page.)

After the raid that saw hundreds of Japanese aircrafts basically destroy the Pearl Harbor fleet and many of the Air Force bases of the island, the war effort went into full swing and, ultimately, the engagement of the U.S. made the difference.

We can say that the attack on Hawaii was the sting that woke up the giant. Thanks to their determination and their enormous economic power, the American people changed the course of the war, producing some of the best airplanes of the time.

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Building aircraft like hell
Several combat aircrafts were designed and built in the USA. Among the most famous, we can think of the P-51 Mustang, the F4U Corsair, and the B-29 Superforteress, which is remembered as the airplane that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and would later constitute the backbone of the strategic bomber command, the deterance arm of US military aviation.

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You’ll find here links to pages dedicated to the American World War 2 planes.Click on the links or images to go to a page about each aircraft.

North American A-36 Apache

North American A-36 Apache


B-17 Flying Fortress

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B-29 Superfortress

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Bell XFM-1 Airacuda

Bell XFM-1 Airacuda



Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)

Boeing 314 Clipper (C-98)



Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Consolidated B-24 Liberator



Consolidated B-32 Dominator

Consolidated B-32 Dominator



Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer



Douglas A-26 Invader

Douglas A-26 Invader



Douglas B-18 Bolo

Douglas B-18 Bolo



Curtiss P-36 Hawk

Curtiss P-36 Hawk



Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver



Douglas C-47 Skytrain

Douglas C-47 Skytrain



F4U Corsair

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Grumman F4F Wildcat


Grumman F6F Hellcat


Grumman F8F Bearcat


Lockheed C-69 Constellation


Lockheed XP-58 Chain Lightning

North American B-25 Mitchell

North American B-25 Mitchell


Northrop P-61 Black Widow

Northrop P-61 Black Widow


Northrop XP-79

Northrop XP-79


Martin B-26 Marauder


Martin PBM-3 / PBM-5 Mariner


P-38 Lightning


P-39 Airacobra

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P-40 Warhawk

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P-47 Thunderbolt

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P-51 Mustang

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4 thoughts on “American World War 2 Planes

  1. Albert Ross

    As a young man during ww2 (7-12) i had black rubber/plastic models of every american acft in the inventory, do they still exist, if so where can i obtain them, or a photo of every of all all foreign and allied acft.
    Your assistance will be deeply appreciated tks albert ross

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  2. Rip Tragle

    I was told this story by George Blackburn Sr. of Nashville, TN:
    Mr. Blackburn was in command of a flight of five P-47 Jugs over Italy late in the war.
    Suddenly something flew straight up through their formation…. rolled over and flew
    circles around them without firing a shot. After showing off in this manner the aircraft
    zoomed away. One of George’s wingmen got on the horn and asked “should we go
    after him?”
    Naturally, this was a first encounter with the German Messerschmitt ME 262.

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  3. donna

    My father , in Romania, use to say that they were recognizing what planes came just listening the noise. German( Messerschmidt) or British Spitfire.

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