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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: 31 Oct 1940 End of Battle of Britain, Hitler's air war against London, other British cities, and the Royal Air Force [RAF].  More 
31 Oct 1941 Destroyer USS Reuben James [DD-245] on Lend-Lease convoy escort duty sunk by German submarine U-552 with the loss of 100 of her crew, the first US naval casualty in the yet undeclared war.
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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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