The 56th Fighter Group based in England already had a trio of aces, and competition was fierce to get the highest kill count.
Gabreski Becomes an Ace
Canadian George Beurling broke every rule in the book yet became one of the greatest fighter pilots of World War II. A loner and a social misfit, Beurling's disdain for protocol branded him an outcast.
Maverick George Beurling
During one of the final battles over Malta, George Beurling might have been in his last dog fight.
Death in the Air Over Malta
Tuskegee Airman Alex Jefferson has to bail out over enemy territory and his flight companions assume he is KIA.
Tuskegee Bail Out Over Enemy Territory
Despite engine failure and no radio from being shot up over Berlin the crew of this Lancaster bomber defy the odds and make it back home to England.
Rough Lancaster Landing
Through personal accounts and real footage members of crews from British Lancaster bombers describe their payloads and what it was like to come under heavy fire while dropping bombs over Germany.
Ten weeks after joining the 61st Squadron Gabby Gabreski gets his first taste of combat over Holland.
Gabby's First Combat Hit
Only a few years earlier some questioned whether or not they could fly a fighter, but by 1944 the Tuskegee Airmen were providing protection for crucial long distance bombing missions against targets in Nazi Germany.
Tuskegee Airmen Escort Long-Range Bombers