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Gerhard Meyer

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  1. Personally I think the word "award or awarded" is fine. It has little to do in suggesting that the recipient was actively and purposefully seeking such an award. It is also not likely. To qualify for any medal of honour requires the kind of bravery that few would actively and purposefully seek. Very unlikely.
  2. In the end of the day this has to do with timing, and technological ability, and maybe foresight? The B19 came in 1946. The war was over. Timing is everything. It was about B17, (and holy moly did young Americans crews die in them until the P51 could provide escort) and B25, mostly. Those were the ones the factories were spitting out at the time. The bombing of Germany in daytime is something I personally never understood, but of course placing your bombs exactly where you wanted them might have had something to do with that.
  3. The Cheetah fighter....an upgrade of the Dassault Mirage III Local ingenuity when nobody will sell you anything military...
  4. There are the massive overruns of the budget, the huge problems with the Vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) B version and also the aircraft carrier model, the C version. Can one really design an aircraft as a full blown fighter, a ground attacker, and flying from an aircraft carrier? I read the article just now with interest, but somehow I am just not convinced. I get the thinking behind the multirole version F15E, also the full blown fighter F22. I get the idea behind the F16 and 18. I don't understand the thinking with the F35. How will the A model perform against a fifth generation Sukhoi Su-57? How will it perform against a the 4th Generation Sukhoi Su-35, the Chinese J11, and dare i say the much smaller JAS Gripen 39? The guys at Lockheed Martin are very smart, I believe that. I don't get this plane. Not a pilot, but if you placed the F35 and a F15 in front of me I know which one I'd choose. I saw what the IDF can do with a F15.
  5. Oops, wrong war...sinking of the lusitania....lol
  6. I dont think Germany declared war on the US. They made a mistake. A u-boat sank a US ship and the US declared war...
  7. In 1945 the Germans were in no position to think carriers...lol
  8. Dont think it happened. Apparantly a Royal Navy Sea Fury did flown by a lieutenant Peter Carmichael...some say it was just a story....
  9. This Russian designer revolutionised jet fighters, and I think the Mig 15 was the very first real 1st generation jet. Todays 5th generation Fseries aircraft with adjustable delta wings were inspired by this tiny jet fighter, but, this is another story, another war. What it shows is how, just like the man born for the occasion, you also get a plane born for the occasion, and WW2 had many of those.
  10. Technically correct, but its wings were the first at an acute angle, not closed delta like the Mirage, but open delta then if you like...
  11. The Messerscmidt 262, altough an aircraft still needing lots of development was nevertheless the first very fast jet in the skies and many B17 and B25 bombers did not see them coming, despite P51 escorts. So how would history have looked at this plane if they had several thousand of them, and still the capability to fly them? They made little impact. It was too late, but potentially might have forced development much earlier of what replaced the P51, the legendary Sabre F86...rather than the Mig 15. Timing is everything in history, so which one was the best? I would ask you which months of the war you talking about. Even in Korea there had to be a P51, and then the F80 before the "hero" F86 arrived that took on another very special plane, the Mig 15, the first delta wing in the sky over the Mekong Delta...
  12. You still have a problem with timeframe. The P 51 was a late comer to the war and only became a player when they adopted the British Merlin Griffen engine. To choose a plane only based on the mechanical characterisrics is the engineering approach, but is it valid?
  13. This question is not possible to answer because flight development was so rapid. You have to, as a minimum break it down into the war years, i.e. 1939 to 1945. Then you need to break it down between the war in Europe and North Africa and the Pacific. In each theather of war there were different "best" fighters. For every fight their was a plane. 1940 over the skies of Britain it was predominantly the Hawker Hurricane and the very few Spitfires, but the Messerscmidt 109 was a formidable plane too. This war produced some amazing fighters, and possibly the very best multirole fighter bombers of the time, the De Haviland Mosquito. Something not achieved again, unless somebody thinks the F35 is one...
  14. Hitler made the same mistake as Napoleon in 1812, operational, underestimating the Russian winter, but for much more stupid reasons as well. It was his obsession with the Aryan "master race idea. The Russians were Slavs and impure, about a few millimetres below the Jews, and the Germans hated them, maybe as much as they hated the Jews. This was fully blown racism. The idiot. If he had left them alone, and invaded the UK, (no need to bother with Dunkirk), what would those soldiers have done anyway when the Germans arrived on there shores? There is a high likelihood that we would all be speaking German today, and maybe Russian, and a bit of Japanese too!
  15. It would have to be the P51 for me, because the question is USAF. The ones I particularly like though is not USAF, but NAVY, and is the Navy aircraft carrier planes, the ones who dominated the Pacific skies. The Grumman F6F Hellcat and the equally beautiful Vought F4U Cosair with its unique shaped wings. It would have been interesting for me to see them match up against a Messerschmitt Bf 109, or a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 Würger, or even the Messerschmitt Bf 110 in the European theatre of WW2. With the underpowered F4F Wildcat at the beginning of the campaign matched to the vastly superior Mitsubishi A6M Zero American pilots were basically defenceless against this very fast Japanese fighter, but the Hellcat changed all of that.
  16. The Hawker Hurricane as far as it concerned the Battle of Britain, and the European theatre of war, until 1942. Thereafter the Spitfire and the P 51. The Grumman F6F Hellcat if you talking about the Pacific. The Spitfire was a beautiful machine, but it is a fallacy that they won the Battle of Britain, there were simply to few of them. 303 squadron had the highest scores and those were all with Hawker Hurricanes. If the Americans had not brought in the F6F Hellcat, and stayed with the underpowered F5F Wildcat I would have chosen the Mitsubishi A6M Zero.
  17. Hid amongst civilians...got your "facts" wrong Ron. Because of ill discipline they simply went back to the farm, openly, to continue farming. The British camps was to break the guys spirit, and it did. Kitchener got it spot-on, and did it deliberately fully knowing disease would do the job for him that his army could not. The terrorist was the colonial power that invaded a country because GOLD was discovered...LOTS of IT. and they wanted it.
  18. I would suggest that the fight would have been simply fairer...if the British army was better led does not mean the South Africans were poorer led, after all, they showed the world what guerrilla warfare looked like, in 1900! They forced the British to dump the tight formation and that brightly coloured red uniform and shining brass buttons quickly, The 16 year old boys, known as "penkoppe" used the German provided Mausers to hit the 4th (from 5 buttons) brass button from the top, approx. over the heart, (the bet was the button, not the dead pommie...) For boys who could shoot a small buck at 300 metres with ease, this was hardly a challenge...They learned to shoot for the pot at naturally camouflaged living animals that could move and run, not targets at a shooting range...
  19. The one who defeated my forefathers was Lord Kitchener. He understood the weakness of men if you took their wife's and children, and place them concentration camps to die. One hell of a soldier he was, that one, obtaining victory in such a way. Victoria must have been proud of him...
  20. My personal view is that the decision to declare war, or invade another country without declaring war already means total war. I don't think we should add adjectives to this verb. War is total war, there is no other kind. Once it starts empathy, reason, ethics, vaporises like the sun coming up over a fog filled pasture. The only thing that may remain is personal chivalry, but you either kill, or are killed. Human Rights organisations assumes that you could somehow engineer an appropriate response. That is the biggest single untruth in history. War is chaos, and in chaos nobody has any control. If the bombs did not rain on Germany the industry would have continued to build tanks, planes and guns, and another few million people, both military and civilian would have died. If two atomic bombs did not fall on Japan another million American Marines would not have gone home.
  21. A bit one sided Mr Regan hey? So the British would have done better if they had better Generals, right, so no acknowledgement of the skills of the far better South African (yup, that is who the boers were matey, they were mostly Dutch and French Huguenots (protestants) driven out of Europe by a Catholic French King who arrived in the South of Africa long before the British appeared. Lord Kitchener only won because he interned the South Africans women and children in concentration camps (where they died from malnutrition and disease) That broke the men's spirit, not the British "superior" military strength. The sources here missed the most important part of the war. Kitchener could not win military, so he opened a war against woman and children. Charming man hey!!
  22. This reminds of another battle, in German forests between the Roman Empire and the Goths, where the pride of the Roman commander let to the Roman Empires first defeat, and started the decline of this massive super power.
  23. It is kind of easy to forget that world war 2 was actually two separate wars, one fought in Europe and the Med, and one fought in the Pacific. The question above relates only to the former. The question would be different then, if we asked, which aircraft brought the Japanese air force into check, and one might as well be specific here, the Mitsubishi zero down. For me personally, yes, the "Jug" P47 thunderbolt would be in there, but the Hellcat, replacing the underpowered wild cat and the corsair would be the ones who could really take the zero on, (and on superior terms) and would be included on my list.
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