"Many German communities saw our large formations en-route to the Reich capital."
"Air group six of the USS Enterprise (CV 6) pictured in flight over ships during exercises at sea"
I count eighty.
A Photo Challenge
This famous photograph shows a flyover by US Navy carrier planes, during the ceremonies to mark the formal surrender of Japan on September 2nd 1945 (via)
What also makes this photograph special in my eyes is that there are at least 300 aircraft (of the 450 in the flypast at the time) caught in this shot. I am not aware of any other single photograph in existence that shows anywhere near this number of aircraft in the air at the same time.
Your challenge, reader, is to try to find the following:
* A single photograph that shows at least 75 aircraft in flight, from during or before the Second World War (not including other shots taken during the flypast above).
* A single photograph that shows more than 40 aircraft in flight, from after the Second World War.
Balloons/sky divers/time-lapse shots do not count. Results will be posted over the next few days.
the Martin-Baker “swing arm” concept, circa 1944, designed to assist pilots to vacate their aircraft at high speeds. the concept did not pass beyond the model stage - which still exists to this day in the Martin Baker factory in Denham.
(art from “Unknown #2”, by Justo Miranda and P. Mercado. available for download via Scott Lowther’s Up-Ship.com. Photo courtesy of Martin Baker - and e-mailed to me absolutely aaaages ago..)
""Buss" Mascot with an R.A.F. Squadron stationed in Libya, on February 15, 1942, takes a few personal liberties with the pilot of an American-Built Tomahawk plane somewhere in the Western Desert. (AP Photo)” (via)
""Mister" the pet mascot of S/Sgt. Harold E. Rogers of Hollywood, Cal., gunner on a Boeing B-17 is shown here with his oxygen mask during a mission over enemy territory. He has been on five missions with his master. England, 1 July 1943” (via)
“A 457th Fighter Squadron North American P-51 nicknamed “My Girl”, takes off from Iwo Jima, in the Bonin Islands. From this hard-won base our fighters escorted the B-29s on bombing missions to Japan, and also attacked the Empire on their own.” (via)
“Squadron Leader J A F MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, standing beside his all-black Hawker Hurricane Mark IIC night fighter, ‘JX-Q’, at Tangmere, Sussex. MacLachlan flew bombers in France in 1940, but transferred to fighters in June 1940 and shot down 6 enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain.
He joined No. 261 Squadron RAF in Malta, as a flight commander, and was shot down in February 1941, as a result of which his left arm was amputated. He quickly returned to operations after being fitted with an artificial limb, flying with No. 73 Squadron in North Africa, but in July 1941 returned to the United Kingdom to take command of No. 1 Squadron.
The Hurricane is sporting his personal emblem showing his amputated arm waving a ‘V’ sign. He was again shot down in 1943 and became a prisoner-of-war, by which time his score had risen to 16.5 victories [Critically injured, he died on 31 July 1943].” (via)
“A bomb dropped by a plane of the 463rd Bomb Group, 774th Bomb Squadron, 15th Af, falls toward a biouac area in Bologna, Italy, as a formation of medium bombers, flying much lower, also seeks out its target. October 12 1944” (via)
"Spectacular crash at Byoritsu oil refinery, Formosa, was photographed by a B-25 of the 5th AF 345th Bomb Group on 26 May 1945 just as it released its string of parafrags. North American B-25 No.192 was hit by flak from a camouflaged battery and trails smoke. A gaping hole is visible on the pilot’s side.” (via)