It didn’t take much, other than the threat to national sovereignty, to initiate the rapid race of building the most lethal aircrafts. The Second World War resulted in more than 60 million deaths. Both the Axis and Allies had a fleet of deadly aircrafts, with razor sharp precision and speed to execute the attacks necessary to expand their line of fire. Bombers became an indispensable component for invading new territories and countering attacks. Here are some of the most lethal aircrafts from both sides that flew the skies of World War II.
Junkers Ju 87 Stuka
The choppy roar of this aircraft, audible from the longest distance, struck terror into the heart of Poland at the wake of the Great War, and marked the beginning of a series of successive attacks. They were German planes that were used as the forefront of the infamous German blitzkrieg attack, and were well capable of bombing with a pinpoint accuracy. The loud sirens on this plane aptly named “Jerico trumpets” stirred fear and hysteria. These German dive bombers were later pulled out of the war due to superior fighter planes being used.
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt
This fighter plane was used by the United States Air Force, along with many other allies, to accompany and escort bombers. These planes were highly maneuverable and armed with eight 0.50 caliber machine guns, along with 2,500 pounds of rockets or bombs. The Thunderbolt was highly effective in short range bombing missions and air to air combat. There were around 12,500 of these built and used during the war.
Messerschmitt Bf 109
This fine German war machine was a fighter and a bomber airplane. It was instrumental in launching successful invasive attacks against the Allies throughout the war. This airplane was so effective during the World War II that even several years after the war ended, these planes were brought back to be used in Spain and Israel. Great Britain could not have matched the brutality of this fighter had they not had the Spitfire on their side.
The famous Spitfire was arguably the reason for Great Britain’s victory over the German Luftwaffe forces in the Battle of Britain. These elite fighter planes were responsible for destroying more than 300 of the German V-1 rockets mid air, before they could even reach their targets. The V-1 rocket granted the German forces with insurmountable might, having killed 30,000 British civilians. The Spitfire had varying armored suites that included eight 7.7-mm machine guns, four 7.7-mm machine guns, four 20-mm cannons, two 20-mm cannons or 12.7-mm machine guns. That’s a lot of firepower!
This was a long range heavy bomber built by three different companies for the US Airforce. Boeing designed the plane and around 1,000 B-29s participated in the Second World War. They were equipped with heavy firepower that included twelve 0.50 caliber machine guns, one 20-m cannon and a 20,000 pound bomb load! The Enola Gay was also a B-29, and was amongst the most prominent aircrafts of World War II since it dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Three days later, another B-29 called Bockscar was used to drop another atomic bomb on Nagasaki.