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Military aviation began in World War I and reached full development in the Second World War. By the end of the war in 1945, the United States alone had produced hundreds of thousands of fighter, bomber, cargo and utility aircraft and had spread an infrastructure of airfields, repair shops, and fuel supplies around the world.

Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy painting the American insignia on airplane wings at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, TX where her husband is a flight instructor.  August 1942
Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy painting the American insignia on airplane wings at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, TX where her husband is a flight instructor. August 1942. Click photo for more information and larger image.

Today in WW II: 1 Aug 1943 Ploesti Raid: 178 B-24 Liberator bombers flew over 1200 miles from a base in North Africa to Ploesti, Romania for a daring, low level attack on oil production facilities.  More 
1 Aug 1944 Polish Home Army emerges to attack the German garrison in Warsaw [1 Aug-2 Oct].
1 Aug 1945 US Army Air Force dropped one million leaflets over Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and 33 other Japanese cities warning of an imminent attack, advising residents to leave.
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Fighters, Bombers, and Other Military Aircraft

Military aircraft, air forces and related topics are covered in this section of Olive-Drab.com. Information and photos are provided of some of the vast number of types of aircraft that are militarily significant, including both fixed wing and rotary wing.

B-24 Liberator on a Mission during WW II
B-24 Liberator on a Mission during WW II.

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