The Curator’s Choice 59

Bombers, 1939
Armstrong Whitworth Whitley II – Amiot 143 – Dornier Do17F

By the northern summer of 1939 Europe’s great powers had been preparing for war for more than three years. From as early as 1935 the clouds of war had been gathering and governments had been building up their armed forces in expectations of conflict. Air forces had been expanding rapidly and more powerful and effective aircraft had been brought into service. However, by the standards of what would follow after only a couple of years of war, the equipment they had on the eve of war seems quaintly outdated. Here’s three examples.

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