Germany put on the secret weapons their last hopes to give a turn to the fate of the war. This photo
shows a V-1 missile in flight. This missile was essentially an aircraft without human pilot
propelled by a rocket. It was guided by a gyroscopic device and travelled along its path like an
aircraft, being its speed not higher to the speed reached by the best fighters of its time, so sometimes
these missiles were intercepted by fighters that would destabilize their course by touching them with
Three Short Stirling heavy bombers of the Royal Air Force, photographed on the last stages of the
war, when the allied air forces devastated many towns and cities in Germany in a serie of terrorist
bombings aimed to force the surrendering of Germany, but also planned as reprisal attacks.
The ground personnel inspects the engines of a AW 38 Whitley bomber from the Royal Air Force,
before leaving for a raid against a German city. Germany suffered the most brutal bombing of the entire
conflict at Dresde, where probably more than 150000 people were killed by the bombs. Only the American
bombings over Tokio could compare to this episode of devastation.
A Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter operating during the night. Unlike Japan, Germany still possessed
significant air forces during the last stages of the war, which caused heavy losses on the allied
bombers. When the allies decided to do their bombings during night time, the Luftwaffe responded by
arming night fighters that were equipped with radar devices and special oblique cannons that could allow
the fighters to destroy the bombers without having to aim their noses - where the radars were installed - towards them.
In a rare moment of calm, two German pilots converse under the nose of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 heavy fighter, in expectancy of being alerted for an incursion against the Soviet columns that now press
on the very German boundaries.
The V-2 missile was totally different from the V-1, being much more effective but also expensive. This missile would be launched from a vertical launch position and would reach an altitude of around
100 km before inverting its position and starting to fall towards its objective with a considerable precision at an speed of around 5500 km/h, that made these missiles invulnerable to any anti-aircraft defense or aircraft.
A herd of reindeer grazes with indiferency next to an improvised runway in Karelia, where a German liaison aircraft Focke Wulf 58C Weihe waits for the next travel. Finland was a loyal ally of
Germany until its small forces couldn't resist anymore the Soviet agressions, that had started with the
failed and illegal Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939/40.
A squadron of B-17 heavy bombers flying over Germany. The allied aviation reduced drastically the
industrial power of Germany and caused hundred thousands of deaths, but still, the capitulation only
was achieved when Berlin was captured by the Soviet terrestrial forces.
The Supermarine Spitfire, built in many successive versions, was the first-line fighter of the
Royal Air Force during all the war. The increasing activity of the allied fighter aviation on German
territory reduced progressively the danger for the bombers on their raids.