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    Masterpiece in the Pacific - really

    MacArthur/Halsey Masterpiece in the Pacific – Operation Cartwheel A commentary by David Baker. In essence interesting but very short of facts and research, not only of the actual history but the geography of the areas concerned and finalised by a jingoistic opinion. For example "... and by mid-September, the island of Lae was in American hands. " which is interesting because Lae is a town on Papua New Guniea - not an island - and a little bit more insight of the New Guniea campaign might have been worthwhile. The balance of the mistakes is to lengthy to cover but an interesting phase short changed by a one sided opinion opportunity.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    In '95 I actually had the privilege of meeting him in London Interesting 2 hours.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Some thoughts from a bloke that actually flew pretty much every one of them...carrier ones included https://web.archive.org/web/20110609055958/http://www.theaviationindex.com/authors/eric-brown He was pretty much what got me into flying coupled with Keith Miller
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Sea Fury - 9 August 1952, FAA pilot Lieutenant Peter "Hoagy" Carmichael Royal Navy, his aircraft WJ232, downed a MiG-15. The first piston against jet success of the Korean War.F4U Corsair - September 10, 1952, Capt. Jesse G. Folmar of VMA-312 shot down a MiG-15. This was the last jet to fall to a piston engined fighter during the war.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    The Sea Fury in the Korean WarOn 8 August 1952, FAA pilot Lieutenant Peter "Hoagy" Carmichael Royal Navy downed a MiG-15 jet fighter in air-to-air combat, making the Sea Fury one of the few prop-driven fighter aircraft to shoot down a jet-powered fighter. Indeed, some sources claim a second MiG was downed, although most accounts do not mention this; either way, this is often cited as the only successful engagement by a British pilot in a British aircraft in the entire Korean War.The engagement occurred when his mixed flight of Sea Furies and Fireflies was engaged by eight MiG-15s, during which one Firefly was badly damaged while the Sea Furies were able to escape unharmed. A similar encounter the next day led to the Sea Fury fighters using their superior manoeuvrability to escape another MiG-15 "bounce" although one Sea Fury had to limp home to Ocean. To enable the Sea Furies to be recognised by friendly forces the aircraft were painted with markings similar to those used during D-Day.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Up to a point. For instance speed and maneuverability could be, and was in a lot of cases, mutually countering. War zones can also be very tricky if you include the Brewster Buffalo with the Finns. Number built, if on an equal weight scale the Me 109 wins hands down. War zones is a real pearl, how do you divide the wars of Europe and the pacific? Over China, the Burmese theatre, the New Guinea/Borneo theatre, the naval operations, the Aleutians? And so on... What statistical weighting could you ascribe? The P-51 was a very good fighter but, if one is to take the word of test pilots and combat pilots that did fly comparisons with it, it wasn't the best. It wasn't the fastest, wasn't the most maneuverable, wasn't the most built, wasn't the most durable, wasn't the easiest to maintain, didn't fight in every war zone and so on. It was the gifted player destined not to have that certain Je ne sais pas quoi that lifted it to the world number one. Pleas don't ask me to guess which one was....
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    https://www.youtube.com/embed/ie3SrjLlcUY
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    An interesting view. http://www.warhistoryonline.com/whotube-2/two-ww2-russian_yak-3-fighters_wanaka-x.html
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    That material is certainly a very good read. Interestingly it kinda goes back to my comment "Kills by "Aces" being the criteria/specification (if you will) surely the Messerschmidt 109 must be the clear winner. " albeit my terribly worded one. Obviously, the pilots are/were the difference. So even the (apparently) dreadful Buffalo could be a great war plane - with the right pilot. So the original question about what was the best fighter plane of WWII really has one main answer - any one of them if on the right day it had the right pilot and crew.
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    An open ended question without defining specification. So I find it amusing that the P38 Lightning lobby use the number of kills by two "Aces", one with 38 and the other with 40 as the criteria/specification. Kills by "Aces" being the criteria/specification (if you will) surely the Messerschmidt 109 must be the clear winner. Roughly "...103 German fighter pilots shot down more than 100 enemy aircraft... " and "Roughly a further 360 pilots claimed between 40 and 100 aerial victories..." with a high percentage flying the 109 including Hartmann with 352 and Barkhorn with 301 but then again Ilmari Juutilainen of Finland got 54 in a 109 and interestingly 34 more in a Brewster Buffalo he ended with 94. So two "Aces" around 40 doesn't make a great aeroplane. Of interest after mentioning the Brewster the British Commonwealths highest "Ace", Marmaduke "Pat" Pattle, got 40 but in a Gloster Gladiator and latterly in a Hurricane.
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    What was the best Allied tank of WWII?

    If the British built them they are! ;-)
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    What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Interesting but no mention of the Hawker Tempest V. Late starter but so were the pommy Mustang, the 190, 262 and the Yak.
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