The Handbook of aircraft of WWII includes all the aircraft used by those countries which were at war during WWII from the period between their joining the conflict and the conflict ending for them.
A bomber is a military aircraft designed to attack ground and sea targets, by dropping bombs on them, firing torpedoes at them, or – in recent years – by launching cruise missiles at them.
With engine power as a major limitation, combined with the desire for accuracy and other operational factors, bomber designs tended to be tailored to specific roles. By the start of the war this included: dive - specially strengthened for vertical diving attacks for greater accuracy. light, medium and heavy - subjective definitions based on size. torpedo - specialized aircraft armed with torpedoes. ground attack aircraft - used against targets on a battlefield such as troop or tank concentrations. A further specialized form was the anti-tank aircraft. night - specially equipped to operate at night when opposing defences are limited. maritime patrol - long range bombers that were used against enemy shipping, particularly submarines. Bombers are not intended to attack other aircraft although most were fitted with defensive weapons. WWII saw the beginning of the widespread use of high speed bombers which dispensed with defensive weapons to be able to attain higher speed, such as with the de Havilland Mosquito.. Some smaller designs have been used as the basis for night fighters, and a number of fighters, such as the Hawker Hurricane were used as ground attack aircraft, replacing earlier conventional light bombers that proved unable to defend themselves while carrying a useful bombload.
Handbook including: Avro Lancaster Avro Manchester Blohm & Voss BV 142 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Boeing B-29 Superfortress B-24 Liberator B-32 Dominator PB4Y-2 Privateer Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Halifax Heinkel He 177 Piaggio P.108 Stirling A.W.38 Whitley Avro Anson B.26 Botha Breda Ba.88 Lince Bristol Beaufort CANT Z.1007 Caproni Ca.135 A-18 Shrike II DH.98 Mosquito Do 17 Do 215 Do 217 A-20 Havoc B-26 Invader Douglas B-18 Bolo B-23 Dragon Fokker T.V HP.52 Hampden Heinkel He 111 Junkers Ju 86 Junkers Ju 88 Junkers Ju 188 Kawasaki Ki-48 Lockheed Hudson Lockheed Ventura Martin B-10 B-26 Marauder Martin Baltimore Martin Maryland Mitsubishi G3M Mitsubishi G4M Mitsubishi Ki-21 Mitsubishi Ki-67 Nakajima Ki-49 North American B-25 Mitchell Petlyakov Pe-2 Potez 540 Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Savoia-Marchetti SM.81 Tupolev TB-1 Vickers Wellington Yokosuka P1Y