Quiz: How Much Do You Know About the Planes Flown in WWII?
How Much Do You Know About the Planes Flown in WWII?
By: Dyann Joyce
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About This Quiz

Be it for humans, aliens, birds, or otherwise, the skies have always been the frontier to conquer and fear. In times of war, generally speaking, most people feared the skies, which were a place reserved for a select few, and with that exclusivity also came a new set of codes. Throughout WWI and WWII numerous accounts from diaries and first-hand interviews have recounted the high respect and honor pilots would show each other. Enemy pilots who managed to bring the fight to the ground were recorded as shooting at their own soldiers if they set to aid them in killing off the enemy pilot!

In 1943 WWII pilot Charlie Brown encountered firsthand the honor of the sky when he and his crew in their B-17 bomber had just completed a mission over German territory but had taken heavy fire in their survival against 15 enemy planes! Unfortunately, that hard-won survival cost them the death of one crew member and six heavily wounded. And worst yet, the tail-gun compartment was lost.

On their flight path home, a German plane suddenly flew up right next to them, saluted the pilot, and flew away without firing a shot. Later on, history revealed that the pilot was Franz Stigler, a 26-year-old ace fighter pilot with 22 victories! One more victory would have awarded him the Knight’s Cross. But on that day, he said that when he noticed the plane was not engaging him in battle, he flew close enough to see the gunner badly bleeding and other airmen quickly trying to patch each other up.

Words from his training under Lt Gustav Roedel rang in his ears: “Honor is everything here. If I ever see or hear you shooting a man in a parachute, I will shoot you down myself. You follow the rules of war for you - not for the enemy - you fight by rules to keep your humanity.”

With those words, Stigler said he simply could not shoot down the B-17 bomber. They weren’t able to fight back, and there was no honor in shooting them down.

Now it's your turn to show off how much you know about the planes and the pilots that dominated the skies!

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What was the most iconic fighter of Great Britain in WWII?
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What was the more common name of the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M fighter plane?
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What was a ball turret on a bomber?
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The Flying Tigers painted sharks teeth on the front of their planes, but what was a common motif of American bombers?
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What famed group of airmen from Tuskegee, Alabama, earned a nickname due to markings on their planes?
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During WWII, what was Russia's iconic fighter plane?
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Bombers had escort fighters for part of their journeys, but when the fighters had to turn back due to lack of fuel, what was used to protect the bombers?
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What was the common name given to the First American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force in 1941-42?
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What types of bombs were dropped over cities in Japan, for maximum damage of wooden structures?
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What was the nickname of the prototype strategic airlift flying boat, designed and built by eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes?
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How many in-flight kills were needed before a pilot would be called an “ace”?
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What was the American long-range fighter plane that was named after a horse?
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What type of bomber dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima?
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With bombing runs by the Americans and British against the Germans being instrumental to the Allied victory, how many tons of bombs did the Allies drop during WWII?
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How did a German dive bomber, known for its distinctive sound made while diving in to drop its bombs, create the sound?
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How many bombs were carried in a B-29 bomber?
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While WWI biplanes had two sets of wings, what was the most distinctive double feature of some planes developed - although not necessarily produced - during WWII?
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What was the largest land-based transport plane that flew during WWII?
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What was the nickname given to the engineless plane that the Americans used in WWII?
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Between 1942 and 1945, how many planes did the U.S. lose per day, on average?
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What nickname was given by the Germans to the Russian 588th Night Bomber Regiment?
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How many crew members were in a Lancaster bomber?
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How many crew members were in a B-17 bomber?
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What was the typical bomb load of a Lancaster bomber?
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What was Germany’s largest bomber?
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What was the name for what would have been Japan's largest bomber?
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What was Russia’s largest bomber?
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What was the first airplane to have a pressurized cabin?
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What was the dominant mode of transportation for Allied airplanes in the Pacific Theater, prior to attacking targets in Japan?
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What popular-yet-insane method did Allied pilots use to divert German V-1 missiles?
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What was the largest U.S. transport plane of WWII?
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