Now a while ago you may remember that on the Osprey Facebook page, we posted some authentic WWII gun camera footage. These sequences fascinate me, partly because I associate camera footage with later eras and partly because they reveal such dramatic engagements.
They are point-of-view and allow us, to an extent, to see what the pilot sees when in the middle of air combat. They bring home the brutality of aerial engagements, although you can’t see the unfortunate enemy pilot you can usually see what happens to his plane.
I wanted to share two more examples of these sequences. The first looks as though it might be a Luftwaffe recruitment/propaganda video, featuring a number of different German fighter types attacking a similar variety of Allied planes. The second was taken from the gun cameras of US Navy aircraft in the Pacific theatre.