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Captain Johnny Sadiq

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  1. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    It has been well established that when the Luftwaffe attacked the V-VS in 1941, the Russian planes, though numerous were taken by surprise. The aircraft were inferior to the Me 109s and (later) FW 190s --their leadership due to Stalin's purges were in disarray and their pilots were much inferior to the their Luftwaffe opponents. Their later aircraft were much better and numerous, swinging the pendulum of air superiority towards the Russians. The extreme cold caused difficulty in maintenance for the Germans and Goering's promise of supplies were never up to the mark. The rapid advance of Soviet forces sometimes meant that Luftwaffe planes had to take off with their fields under fire from Soviet artillery. My point was that the German kills given to their aces were genuine. It is also an accepted fact that, in the heat of air combat, claims can be made for severely damaged aircraft that somehow made it back to base (as has happened in all air wars) but the Luftwaffe system was on the whole accurate.
  2. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    I too, have browsed through the Hartmann interview and can find nothing that substantiates the "points system" where the kills of a unit were given to a top ace, even if he did not shoot down that plane. In fact in that interview Hartmann he has a sceptic fly on his wing to show that his kills were his own. At the end of the War there were many sceptics about Luftwaffe pilots kills from Allied aces but over time the scepticism seems to have died out.
  3. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    There are many factors in deciding what the "best" fighter plane of WW2 was. I was referring to the NUMBER of kills and not to the relative difficulty of achieving them. The largest number of kills was indeed on the Russian Front for the Me 109 but in 1943 the Russians had much better fighter planes coming into service and shooting down Russian fighter became a lot harder. The Russians even had women flying fighters (YAK 1s) Every one of the fighters mentioned in this discussion had their own special abilities,some better than others --depending on from what angle you look at them.
  4. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    On the subject of the WW2 fighter that brought down the most enemy planes I see that the F6F Hellcat has been mentioned. I would have thought that the top contender for this honour should be the Me 109 in its various marks. The World top scorer was Erich Hartmann with 352 kills flying the 109 and many other German aces scored over 100 kills in this plane.
  5. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    While the Spitfire has always been my number one aircraft it would not be accurate to say that it won the Battle of Britain. The Hurricane shot down more enemy aeroplanes in the Battle than all other defences, air and ground combined. Granted that there were more of them but it was a combination of BOTH fighters that won the Battle. The P 38 was a great fighter but it could not match the range of the P 51. It was only after the Mustang entered the air war over Europe that the USAAF bombers could be escorted all the way to Berlin. The poem that I wrote about the Battle of Britain is attached The Battle of Britain - for merge.docx
  6. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Mr. Steadman's is correct in bringing the "time frame factor" into the discussion. May I draw the attention to the following: The Spitfire that would have been available in 1940 was the Mk 1 or 1A, not the Mk 5 which was introduced later. The Me 109 E DID have two 20mm cannon as well as two machine guns in 1940 which made its armament better than the Spitfire and Hurricane but equal to that of the Zero. While there was no comparable fighter that could best the Zero in a turning dogfight throughout WW2 but, even before the entry of the US into the War, the pilots of the American Volunteer Group in China had devised "dive and run" tactics on their P 40s that gave them at least an equal footing to the Zeros. The strongest points of the Zero was its great range and superb manoeuvrability. The Zero certainly deserves to be included in the best fighters of WW2.
  7. Call of Duty - WWII (Trailer)

    Sadly the excellent older air war games that played on earlier Windows do not work any more on Windows 7 and upwards. European Air War and Combat Flight Simulator 1 were the best and, if played with maximum realism, required a high level of skill. Someone should adapt them so that we can enjoy the thrill of diving on to enemy bomber formations while keeping an eye out for fighters!
  8. What was the worst mistake made by Germany in WWII?

    Let's not forget Operation Market Garden-----the intelligence was there that there was German Panzer presence at Arnhem and yet Montgomery went ahead and dropped lightly armed paratroopers far from their objectives. This was a big mistake. The Allied losses were horrendous and their command was clueless. The Bridge at Arnhem could have been taken had the U.S infantry (Gen. Gavin) been used along with British tanks so near to the battle. The British major in charge of the tanks "waited for the order" and brave men died or horribly wounded in a last stand.
  9. Best Allied Fighter of WW1

    The Sopwith Camel-----in terms of numbers of enemy aircraft shot down, the Camel wins. It was tricky to fly but could "turn on a sixpence"
  10. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    Dennis D is right, there are different ways of deciding what was the "best fighter." i.e. Long range escort= Mustang Defensive= Spitfire Ground attack= IL 2 ,Typhoon P 47 etc. Have to go---showing the visiting RAF Air Vice-Marshal around an air museum tomorrow, and meeting the Red Arrows before their show the day after. Life is good, Johnny
  11. Call of Duty - WWII (Trailer)

    Previously the best WW2 aviation games were European Air War and Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator. Why can't they make these games compatible with Windows 7?
  12. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    I vote for the Supermarine Spitfire. It was a symbol of resistance to the Nazis--and its easily recognisable elliptical wing gave hope to those under occupation.