When World War I suddenly erupted in 1914, airplane technologies were just a decade old. The warplanes looked it – their primitive engines and weapons were unreliable and nearly as deadly for their crews as they were for their enemies. Fast forward to the Second World War, and suddenly, fighters and bombers were entirely more advanced. From their airframes to their munitions, these planes were major fighting forces for both the Allies and the Axis. In this high-flying quiz, can you tell us what you know about the planes of World War II?
At the war’s outset, the German army, or Wehrmacht, became known for its high-speed armored strikes. With heavy bombers and dive bombers, the Third Reich’s planes strafed and bombed the front lines in Poland, making way for tanks and infantry. Do you know the names of the planes that were vital to the blitzkrieg?
Meanwhile, Japan planned its surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, leveraging its aircraft carriers to surprise the Americans with death from above. On December 7, 1941, in a matter of hours, Japanese fighters and bombers laid waste to much of the U.S. Navy’s defenses in Hawaii. Do you know what type of planes caused the destruction?
The Allies countered with hundreds of thousands of new warplanes, everything from B-24s to P-51s, Spitfires to Hurricanes. Soar into this World War II warplane quiz now!