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

  • Emilio Morenatti / AP

    2022 in Photos: How the First Months Unfolded

    A look at some of the most memorable events of 2022, including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Beijing Winter Olympics, and much more

  • AFP

    Top 25 News Photos of 2022

    Powerful images from the past 12 eventful months

  • Carl Recine / Reuters

    Photos of the Week: Camel Mill, Monkey Festival, Krampus Run

    A velociraptor model in Malta, flood damage in Saudi Arabia, a new volcanic eruption in Hawaii, protests against Chinese authorities in Hong Kong, scenes from the World Cup in Qatar, and much morefd

  • NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, and Joseph DePasquale (STScI)

    2022 Space Telescope Advent Calendar

    Every day until Sunday, December 25, this page will present a new, incredible image of our universe from one of two space telescopes.