High on a remote Norwegian mountainside, Englishman Phil Richardson is trekking in search of an incredible target. In 1944, you see, his grandfather Ron’s fighter bomber had disappeared over Norway in the midst of a wartime raid. But now, thanks to a stranger’s discovery, Phil’s finally on the trail of the missing plane.
It’s perhaps not surprising that it has taken Phil so long to locate the possible remains of his grandfather’s downed plane. After all, as World War II raged across Europe, its battlefields took many forms. And while the forces of the Axis and Allied powers fought one another on land and sea, many important clashes also took place in the skies. In fact, since the turn of the 20th century, aerial combat has played an increasingly important role in warfare around the world.
It wasn’t until World War I, though, that aircraft became part of combat on a large scale. And while it was initially zeppelins that carried out the first airborne bombing raids, both sides of the conflict soon began making use of fighter planes to attack the enemy. By the time that the war was over, then, pilots had saved the day on a number of occasions – and it was clear that aerial warfare was here to stay.