On This Day: An Air Battle Over Belgium in 1945

Seventy years ago, on January 27, 1945, a German pilot was captured on film after hastily exiting his damaged plane, hurtling through the air, legs outstretched, high above the frigid landscape of Belgium. The German aircraft had just been badly damaged by .50-calibre fire from a P-47 fighter bomber flown by Major James Dalglish, a U.S. pilot in the 354th Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force, from Rome, New York. The air battle took place at the end of the Battle of the Bulge, the largest battle fought by the U.S. in World War II. The German plane exploded shortly after this photograph was taken; the fate of the German pilot was unspecified.
Read more
Hints: View this page full screen.

Most Recent

  • Stéphane Mahé / Reuters

    A Quiet, Ancestral Farm Life in Western France

    Reuters photographer Stéphane Mahé visited a farmer named Jean-Bernard Huon on his farm in western France, where he deliberately lives a traditional, non-mechanized farm life.

  • Guadalupe Pardo / Reuters

    Photos of the Week: Skiing Robots, a Bichon Frise Wins Best in Show

    The U.S. Toboggan Championships in Maine, scenes from New York Fashion Week, a camel trip on a Siberian steppe, and much more.

  • Adam Ferguson / The New York Times

    Nominees in the 2018 World Press Photo Contest

    The top images being considered to win awards in the 61st annual World Press Photo Contest ​have just been announced.

  • Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty

    Pyeongchang 2018: Photos From the First Five Days

    A look at some of the competition from the first days of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.