95% of People Can't Match These WWII Planes to Their Country. Can You?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

World War II was one of the most tragic and devastating periods in history.  The war began when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Two days later, France and Great Britain joined and sided with Poland. Later on, more and more countries would join, each choosing a side that would create the Axis and the Allies. 

On the Allies side, we had Great Britain, France (except for when they were occupied by Germany), China and the USA, and the Axis was made up of Germany, Italy and Japan. Regardless of which side each country was on, they all made use of aviation to further the fight in a war that would last for more than five years. 

Between the years 1939 and 1945, technological advancements in the aviation world were made to help the war on both sides. The list of aircraft used during those five-plus years was long and included fighter planes, bombers and attack planes, seaplanes, transport and utility aircraft and recon planes.  While the Allies used planes like the Boeing P-12, the Curtis Hawk and the Gloster Goblin, the Axis used Polikarpov 1-5s, Focke-Wulf Fw 190s and Heinkel He 112s. 

Today, we want to find out whether you remember what was used over 50 years ago to fight one of the most notorious wars in the world. Do you think you can tell us the names of the countries that these World War II planes came from? Let's find out! 

This ground-attack plane and fighter, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, was the third most-produced American fighter, with 17,738 units produced between 1939 and 1944.

This aircraft was primarily used by the Germans as a fighter-bomber, ground-attack, day-fighter and night-fighter. It was called the Focke-Wulf Fw 190.

This German military aircraft, the Focke-Wulf Ta 152, was a high-altitude fighter-inceptor which entered service in January 1945 with the Luftwaffe.

The Grumman F6F Hellcat, a United States Navy carrier-based fighter, was introduced in 1943 as a replacement to the F4F Wildcat.

This carrier-based fighter aircraft took its first flight on August 21, 1944 and was first used in combat by the U.S. Navy in 1945. It was called the Grumman F8F Bearcat.

This British fighter airplane (the Hawker Tempest) was an improved version of the Hawker Typhoon, which was considered to be the most powerful fighter aircraft of WWII.

By the end of the war, over 3,000 units of the Kawasaki Ki-61 Japanese fighter aircraft were manufactured since its introduction in 1942.

Introduced on March 9, 1945, the Kawasaki Ki-100 was a fighter aircraft which was used by the Imperial Japanese Army Air Service until August 1945.

The Lavochkin La-5 made its first appearance in July 1942 as an improved version of the LaGG-3.

This piston-engined Soviet-fighter was the last version of the LaGG-1 which was an improvement of the La-5.

The Macchi C.200 Saetta ("Thunderbolt") had early stability issues, but was considered by many to be ideal for ground attacks.

This German aircraft, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, which was one of the most advanced fighters of its time, was first used in Spanish Civil War in 1937.

During its five-six years in combat, this Japanese long-range fighter, which was called the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, earned a fearsome reputation due to a combination of great firepower and excellent maneuverability.

The U.S. Army Air Force and the Royal Air Force utilized this four-engine heavy bomber, the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, from 1936 to 1945.

Along with the Royal Air Force, the Supermarine Spitfire was used by the other Allied countries, namely the U.S. and Canadian Air Force.

The P-51 Mustang, of which there are three variants, is an American fighter-bomber and single seat, long-range fighter.

Designed by Hermann Pohlmann, the Junkers Ju 87, also called Stuka, was used by the Germans as a ground-attack aircraft and a dive-bomber.

This German aircraft (the Messerschmitt Me 262), nicknamed Storm Bird and Swallow, was introduced in April 1944 as the first jet-powered fighter.

Due to its advanced designs, this Boeing B-29 Superfortress, a strategic bomber was used post-WWII, namely in the Korean War.

Designed by Clarence Johnson for the U.S. Army Air Corps, the P-38 was a heavy fighter which was fitted with a piston engine.

The Hawker Hurricane, and its naval variant, the Sea Hurricane, was a British fighter built by Hawker Aircraft from 1937 to 1944.

From 1940 to 1945, this American aircraft (the Consolidated B-24/LB-30/PB4Y-1 Liberator) was used as a heavy bomber, anti-submarine warfare and a maritime patrol aircraft.

This American twin-engine medium bomber, the North American B-25 Mitchell, was named after Major General William Mitchell, who is regarded as the father of U.S. military aviation.

Nicknamed "Mossie" by crew members, the de Havilland Mosquito was employed by the British to be used as a multi-role combat aircraft.

This aircraft, the Heinkel He 111, was used by the Germans as a medium bomber and was constantly upgraded and modified throughout WWII.

Introduced in 1939, the Junkers Ju 88 was used by the Germans to perform a variety of military aviation functions such as a night/heavy fighter.

The PBY Catalina was an American flying boat and amphibious aircraft which was one of the most widely used seaplanes during the war.

This ground-attack aircraft (the Ilyushin Il-2) was used extensively by the Soviet Union as well as Poland, Yugoslavia, and Bulgaria.

The Allies commanded this military transport aircraft which was developed from the designs of the Douglas DC-3. It was called the Douglas C-47 Skytrain.

The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was a U.S. fighter-bomber which was used for ground attacks and high-altitude air-to-air attacks.

The Bloch MB.150-157 monoplane military aircraft is characterized by its low wing and all-metal body, fully enclosed cockpit with a retractable carriage.

Designed and developed by Avro, the Avro Lancaster, a British four-engine heavy bomber, was considered by many to be one of the most successful WWII bombers.

This dive bomber and scout plane (the Douglas SBD Dauntless) was manufactured from 1940 to 1944 by Douglas Aircraft for the United States and the Allies.

Designed by Alexander Lippisch, this rocket-powered aircraft (the Messerschmitt Me 163) was the first piloted airplane to exceed 621 mph in level flight.

This American torpedo bomber, the Grumman TBF/TBM Avenger, made its combat debut in 1942 and continued to remain in use until the 1960s.

The Heinkel He 162, also called the Salamander and Spatz, is a two-engined jet-powered fighter which entered service in January 1945.

The Fiat G-55, of which there are fourteen variants, was an Italian single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft.

This French fighter aircraft, the Dewoitine D-520, made its combat debut in January 1940, shortly after the beginning of WWII.

The C.714 was a version of the C.710 which was developed before the start of WWII by Caudron-Renault for the French Air Force.

Sixty-two units of this fighter-interceptor were manufactured from 1939 to 1940 by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation and was named the Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demon.

Introduced on September 11, 1941, the Hawker Typhoon was used as a fighter-bomber by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

In 1940, the British Royal Navy became the first to use this American carrier-based fighter, called the Grumman F4F/FM Wildcat/Martlet, in combat in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The CAC Boomerang was introduced in 1942 as the primary fighter for the Royal Australian Air Force.

The P-39, which was manufactured by Bell Aircraft, was primarily used by the Soviet Union, the U.S. Army Air Forces, and the Royal Air Force.

Developed in Italy, the SAI.207 was a light fighter which was constructed entirely from wood and made its first flight in the spring of 1941.

The Soviet Union first used the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter airplane in battle in early 1941 until production was ceased in 1944.

The Royal Romanian Air Force used this low-wing monoplane, the IAR 80/IAR 81, all-metal ground-attack and fighter aircraft for the first time in February 1941.

A total of 12,571 of this American carrier-based fighter-bomber (the Vought F4U/FG Corsair) was manufactured by Chance Vought from 1942 to 1953.

Designed by Jean Galtier, the Arsenal VG-33 aircraft was one of less than fifty of a line of fast French light fighters.

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