Two different aspects are usually dealt with under the term “ impact fire”. On the one hand, it describes the moment at which, as a result of a technical defect or enemy fire, an aircraft or other flying machine (e.g. helicopter , cargo glider ) hits the ground or the water with the resultant fire and, on the other hand, the description of the cause of death of pilots who have had an accident or passengers. The latter term was used extensively during the Second World War by the air force command of the Wehrmacht in corresponding death reports and lists of casualties.
- Jens Bechler: Impact fire: the fate of aviators in World War II . Dresden 2009, ISBN 978-3-00-027514-2 .