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American Aircraft of World War II

By approximate delivery date of the first model
Index of articles for WWII American Aircraft ~ Click on thumbnails

Bombers Fighters Carrier based Flying boats Transport    Trainers


~ American WWII Bombers


     
         
B-17 Flying fortress
B-17 Flying Fortress


B-25 Mitchell
B-25 Mitchell


B-24 Liberator
B-24 Liberator


B-26 Marauder
B-26 Marauder


PBY-4 Privateer
PBY-4 Privateer


B-29 Super fortress
B-29 Super Fortress


B-32 Dominator
B-32 Dominator


   

~ American WWII Fighters & fighter bombers


   

 

       
Brewster Buffalo
F2A Buffalo


P-40 Warhawk
  P-40 Warhawk


F4F Wildcat
F4F Wildcat


P-39 Aracobra
P-39 Airacobra


P-38 Lightning
P-38 Lightning


P-47 Thunderbolt
P-47 Thunderbolt


P51 Mustang
P-51 Mustang


F-4U Corsair
F4U Corsair


F6F Hellcat
F6F Hellcat


P-61 Black Widow
P-61 Black Widow



~ WWII American Carrier-based bombers and torpedo planes


 
         
Vought SB2U Vindicator
SB2U Vindicator


SBD-5 Dauntless
SBD Dauntless


TBF Avenger
TBF Avenger


SB2C Helldiver
SB2C Helldiver


 

~ WWII American Flying boats


   
         
PBY Catalina
PBY Catalina


PB2Y Coronado
PB2Y Coronado


G-21 Goose
G-21 Goose


PBM Mariner
PBM Mariner



~ WWII American Transport Aircraft


   
         
C-47A Skytrain
C-47 Skytrain


C-46 Commando
C-46 Commando


C-54 Skymaster
C-54 Skymaster


Model 18 Lodestar
Model 18 Lodestar



~ Museum Trainers from WWII


 
   
 

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Production numbers
US aircraft in WWII

Bombers > 51,189
Fighters > 99,630
Carrier based bombers
& torpedo planes
> 15,943
Flying boats
>   6,161
Transport
> 14,976

US national insignias - aircraft

The US national insignia was placed upon the wings and fuselage.

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US national ensignia pre-World War IIUS national ensignia pre-World War II

1919-1941: This was the US insignia which had been used since August of 1919 until the United States entered World War II. During this time period, 13 red and white horizontal stripes were placed upon the tail rudder as well.

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US national insignia 1942

1942: In January, the national insignia was added to both wings, top and bottom. The red dot in the center of the star was removed in the Pacific theater to eliminate confusion over the Japanese red disc which served as their insignia. The tail rudder stripes were also removed. These last two changes were accomplished throughout American forces by May of 1942.

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US national ensignia in North Africa

1942 North Africa: The insignia was outlined in yellow for Operation Torch in North Africa, to help gunners distinguish it from the French roundel. It was later removed, except on aircraft remaining in the North African theater.

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In February of 1943, one national insignia was removed from the upper right and lower left wing surfaces.

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June - September 1943: It was determined that the shape of the insignia was anUS national insignia June-September 1942 important distinguishing feature, so a horizontal stripe was placed in the background with a thin red outline.

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US national insignia September 1943September 1943, to January 1947: the thin red outline was changed to blue.