In WW2 aircraft were used more widely. The airplanes of the airforces of
all countries served as support for ground troops, strategic and
logistic operations and of course attacks on factories, cities and
strategic targets. A first subdivision of aircraft can be obtained by
listing the types of aircraft used, provided in the following list.
and fighter pilots
and liaison aircraft
aircraft (seaplanes, aircraft carriers)
fighter (first used in the second world war)
Helicopter (first used in the second world war)
aircraft and their use in Europe
WW2 (World War II) in Europe, in 1938 a new weapons program (see also
WW2 tanks) was launched in England,
designed to enable the British Royal Air Force (RAF) to defend England
against German aircraft and to launch an offensive if necessary.
summer of 1940 through until early 1941 the Battle of Britain raged. The
invasion of England seemed possible only with secure air cover. On
August 24th 1940 German aircraft flew over London and bombed the capital.
As a result of this, around 30,000 died in London.
heavy losses from the Luftwaffe’s strategic goal change (see also
U-Boats WW2). There were over 60 night
raids on London. However, the anticipated requirements for a landing on
German troops in England in WW2 could not be obtained.
aircraft and their further use
Pacific, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on
December 7th 1941 with some 350 aircraft.
major American attack in the air took place in August 1942 with 12
Boeing B17s used over Rouen in France.
Red Air Force entered the war in 1941 with more than 12,000 aircraft,
the largest force in the whole of WW2.
bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima were accomplished with American
aircraft, bringing the war to an end (WW2 1945).
examples show that WW2 aircraft played a significant part in WW2
particularly near to the end.