US Naval Aviation Training Division

Junkers Ju87 Stuka Dive Bomber – World War II aeroplane

Original aeroplane identification poster, 1943


A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series – and we have several in this series (click here) – have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view.

Making its combat debut in 1937 with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War it had a very distinctive silhouette as may be seen here. Essential to the rapid conquest of Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and France in 1940 the Stuka was very effective against ground targets but vulnerable to fighter aircraft. It remained in service until the end of the War.

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