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  1. 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.
  2. The best Medium Range Bomber

    This is no contest, the British Mosquito is not only the premier medium bomber of WW2 but could be considered the best allied plane of the war. The U.S. built B-25 and B-26 were both good planes and contributed to the war effort, but they don't compare to the Mosquito's speed, maneuverability, and payload.
  3. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Canuck, Russia didn't switch sides, Germany attacked them and turned them into an enemy. I do agree that without the eastern front losses Germany would have hung onto Europe.
  4. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    The British mosquito is my favorite plane of WW2, and one of the most important planes of the war in Europe. The fact that it is made of wood is the result of a shortage of metal at the time it was designed. The plane was faster then most if not all propeller driven fighter aircraft of the war. The mosquito was designed as a medium weight bomber but could carry a bomb load almost equal to several heavy bombers. The mosquito really shined as a precision bomber being able to pin point bomb delivery from low level. People love to brag about how great the Spitfire is but the Mosquito was the best plane that England built during the war years.
  5. What was the most important plane of WWII?

    Some might argue that the B-17, B-24, Lancaster, or even B-29 was the most important plane in WW2, but I agree the DC3 was used more than any other plane in the war, making it the most important.
  6. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Voting between the Spitfire and P-51 is difficult, they are both great fighters using the same Merlin engine. However the P-51 had much better range which became a game changer in the air war against Germany.
  7. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    The question was "best fighter of WW2" there was a very rapid evolution of fighter aircraft from WW1 to present day. You wouldn't have put a Bi-wing WW1 fighter aircraft up against a WW2 Spitfire. You also wouldn't put put any WW2 fighter against a Vietnam era jet fighter. So we pick the time frame of WW2 . To say that there was no best is wrong but to decide which one is the absolute best is difficult. Make a chart using using these traits 1. speed, 2. maneuverability, 3. range, 4. firepower, 5. production numbers. I haven't done a chart but I believe the P-51 will come out on top.
  8. I would like to know what everybody thinks was the most important plane of WW2. What plane had the biggest impact on the war considering everything from gliders to heavy bombers.
  9. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Harry, the ME 262 was the next generation of fighter aircraft, but besides having some engine problems it did not have good range. There was several reports of allied fighters following the 262 down when it needed fuel and destroying it on the ground.
  10. Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    The Nazi propaganda machine had been convincing the German population that the Russians are sub-human, little better than farm animals. I think that even Hitler believed his own propaganda and didn't think that Stalin could mobilize this vast human resource.
  11. Hitlers underestimation of Russia.

    I believe that Hitler thought the Russian military was disorganized after watching it's poor performance against little Finland in the Winter War. Couple that with Hitlers belief that his Army's Blitzkrieg could defeat anybody and you see why he attacked Russia.
  12. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Paladin, you are correct any fighter plane given the right situation can shoot down any other fighter. So the measure of best fighter has to be which plane has the best combination of, speed, maneuverability, fire-power, distance, and production numbers .
  13. What was England's (Britain's) biggest mistake in WW2?

    During the phony war period England & France had declared war on Germany. England did send a force to France which later would be evacuated from Dunkirk. Unfortunately England & France did not use this force against Germany in any meaningful way. France had at one point ventured into Germany but then retreated to the mistaken safety of the Maginot Line. It needs pointing out that at this point in WW2, France had more and even better tanks than Germany. Unfortunately France has suffered in both World Wars with bad Generals who waste troops and accomplish very little. Imagine if while Germany was busy in Poland, France had taken control of the Rhine River. I still believe that England should have gone after Hamburg where ships were being built especially U-Boats.
  14. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    For worse fighter I would nominate the ME 163 Rocket powered German fighter. This fighter was not only dangerous to it's own pilots but it had a very short powered flight with a no-power landing. Yes it was the fastest plane to be used in WW2 but it's use was experimental and very limited.
  15. My family tree

    George, that is a great family history of military service