In the 1930s, many believed that innovations in aircraft and weapons in terms of speed and range would drive dogfights to extinction. However, the fierce aerial combat between fighter planes became one of the most prominent warfare strategies later during the World War II.
Dogfighting, the aerial combat between fighter aircraft, has its origins during the World War I. Years later, two schools of thought on air-to-air battle emerged, one believing that dogfights would become obsolete due to aircraft and military weapons being improved in terms of speed and range.
Two fighter planes engaging in aerial battle. Photo via Daily Lazy
However, come World War II, fighter aircraft engaging each other in air-to-air combat to became even more prevalent. Prior to the Second World War, the German Luftwaffe began the strategy of grouping fighters in pairs, with a wingman protecting the lead fighter by “watching his back”. During this era, the primary goal of dogfights was to prevent bomber aircraft from reaching their targets.
Among the war photos archived around the world at present, dogfight photos from the World War II are certainly among the most interesting. So, why don’t we take a look at some more of those that display tangled contrails formed by the fighter planes?
If you’re up for some more, here’s a color footage of WWII dogfights:
Dogfight on Wikipedia