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  1. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Thank you for the info, the model I saw was 4ft long, very detailed and a finished ship. The German people did not want to talk about WW2, so getting any info on the ship just didn't happen. The little info that I gained about the carrier was through the internet, but even that was minimal.
  2. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    While I was stationed in Germany, (2001) I came across a large scale model of a Nazi built Aircraft Carrier, in an industrial museum. It turns out they built it late in the war but sank it to keep the Russians from getting it. The Russians were not detoured and raised the ship which was in shallow water. The Russians then used the carrier to move men and material back to Russia after the end of the war.
  3. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    There are so many variables in air to air combat that on any given encounter the lesser plane can score a kill.
  4. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    The first jet fighter aircraft (ME-262), the British Meteor, and up through the U.S. F-80 would have to be considered First Generation jets. The MIG-15 started a new standard of Jet Fighter abilities and for me that would be classified as second generation Fighters. If somebody has a clear definition of what makes a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th generation fighter, please share.
  5. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    I didn't say that the P-51 was best at anything but all together it out scores all the rest. The biggest edge the 51 has is that it was the only Allied fighter that could escort bombers all the way to Berlin and back to England (impact on the war). Read the history of the 51, it's design was simpler and easier to build than any other U.S. built fighter (cost & maintenance). The 51 fought all over both the Pacific and Europe war zones. The 51's speed and maneuverability was almost identical to the Spitfire. The fastest fighter of the war was the ME-262 but it looses out in every other category. I am only speaking about the P-51 after it got the Merlin engine, not the early Allison engine version.
  6. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Yes, picking the BEST WW2 Fighter aircraft is difficult but not impossible. Do a chart with these columns; speed & maneuverability, number of units built, maintenance & durability, number of war zones that it was used in, impact on the war. I think that the P-51 comes out on top using this rating method.
  7. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    The period known as the (phony war) was the biggest mistake that the Allies made during WW2. Germany had attacked Poland which caused France and England to declare war on Germany. England's military was not up to strength, but France had a large force with more and better tanks than Germany. France actually sent a small force into Germany but retreated quickly. While Germany was busy in Poland and then Scandinavia, France and England should have struck a decisive blow. If France had taken control of the Rhine river and held it, this would have greatly hampered Germany's war effort. England should have been smart enough to mount a major attack on Germany's shipyards during this phony war. Germany was already building U-boats and battleships, which could have been destroyed before extensive defenses were installed. Instead British and French forces sat at the border and waited while Germany prepared to Blitz them.
  8. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Germany made plans to invade the UK and even starting building barges. However England still had the worlds largest Navy and crossing the 20-30 miles of channel could have proved a disaster for Germany. Hitler counted on having total air supremacy to make it work but that never happened.
  9. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    The 262 was fast and a leap forward in technology. However it did not have good range which is why several were destroyed by Allied aircraft as they landed to refuel. I would not rate the 262 as the best fighter of WW2 because of it's limited range and production numbers.
  10. Finns Saved Helsinki from the Bombings of 1944

    The Winter War (as it is called) was a costly mistake made by Stalin. The much smaller Finnish military held it's own and exacted a heavy toll on the Russian Army. In the end Finland signed an armistice that gave Russia 11% of Finland territory but they were not conquered. The USSR lost thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks which could have helped repel the German invasion which was coming soon.
  11. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Even if Germany had won the battle of the bulge and re-captured Antwerp they would have only delayed their defeat in WW2. Russia was becoming a title-wave that Germany would not be able to stop. The Allies would have been set back by losing the Port of Antwerp but having just liberated France there would have been a substitute found. The Allies likely would have cut off the German forces in Antwerp then proceeded onto Germany. Hitler would have had fewer forces to defend his home land with, which is what happened when he lost the Battle of the Bulge anyway.
  12. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    The Zero was superior to the Navy's F4F Wildcat and even the P-40 at the start of WW-2. However the Zero was outclassed by the F6F Hellcat, F4U Corsair, and P-51 once we started using them in the Pacific.
  13. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    An interesting side note to Germany V Russia is the fact that Germany inadvertently created the USSR. In WW1 Germany wanted Russia out of the war so they devised a plan to overthrow the Czar. Germany found Lenin who was in exile from Russia and sent him back with funds to start a revolt. This project worked and the resulting revolution took Russia out of the war as well as the Czar. I doubt that Germany expected an organized communist country to come from the Czar's Russia. Germany may have expected to gain land from the breakup of Russia but history didn't go that way.
  14. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Interesting discussion here but nobody has mentioned that tactics played a large roll in kill numbers. The P-40 which was a good but not great plane racked up big kill numbers in China. The Flying Tigers and their P-40s were very successful even against the Japanese Zero. The Tigers stuck to an attack plan that gave them the advantage and denied the Japanese a chance to dog fight. The U.S. Navy also used tactics that decimated the Japanese carrier air fleet. The basket weave was a tacit that would cause an attacking Zero to cross in front of a second U.S. plane which would score the kill.
  15. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Both the P-38 and the Mosquito were very versatile planes used in a variety of different missions. I imagine that if these 2 planes had been used as fighters and bomber escorts only they would have very impressive kill numbers.
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