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  • Discovery
  • 50 mins
  • United States
  • Documentary

A comprehensive series detailing the Air War of the Second World War as it has never been told before. Featuring rarely seen aerial combat footage of all the major combat aircraft types from World War II.

4 episodes

4x01 The Fighters

  • Season Premiere

    no air date — 50 mins

The Evolution of the Fighter in World War II The World War Two period saw the development of the fighter aircraft from the biplane through to the introduction of the first jet fighter aircraft. Aircraft featured in this volume include the Mustang, Spitfire, Hurricane, BF109, BF110, P40, P38 and Zero.

4x02 The Bombers

  • no air date — 50 mins

The Evolution of the Bomber in World War II Never before had the bomber been needed and used so effectively than in World War Two. It's necessity brought forward it's evolution from simple twin engined medium bombers through to the four engined radar equipped super bombers like the B29 Superfortress and Lancaster. Aircraft featured in this volume include the Lancaster, Mosquito, Wellington, B17, B24, B25, B26, HEIII, DO17, JU88, Val, Kate and Betty.

4x03 Return to the Pacific

  • no air date — 50 mins

Focuses on the role of air support in the allied roll back and advances against the multiple layered Japanese defenses in the Pacific Oceans. Surveys the Pacific War in the Central and Southwest Pacific Ocean theaters, with brief mentions of land combat and major focus on air contributions to reducing Imperial Japanese control of land and sea.

4x04 Battle Over the Sea

  • no air date — 50 mins

Surveys air power as it impacted the desperate Battle of the Atlantic (1939–1945) against the WW-II U-Boat threat and the War in the Pacific Theatres. Land based bombers include Lancaster and B-24 long range bomber patrols, development and deployment of airborne radar systems and Radio Direction Finding electronic warfare developments, and the advent of the Escort Carrier.

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