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What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

What was the best fighter plane of WWII?  

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  1. 1. What was the best fighter plane of WWII?

    • Supermarine Spitfire
      147
    • North American P-51 Mustang
      219
    • Focke Wulf FW-190
      38
    • Messerschmitt Bf 109
      39
    • Yakovlev Yak-3
      12
    • Mitsubishi A6M Zero
      6
    • Other (specify below)
      100
    • DH 98 Mosquito
      37


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People have to remember that the Spitfire was frontline fighter from the start of the war to the end . Over 54 variants of the Spitfire were made. The P-51 was not the front line fighter until the end of the war. After the skies had been won.

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Ofcourse the supermarine spitfire as a pure dogfight fighter.  The P51 was a great plane with 10 times the range but only after being fitted with the rolls royce merlin engine it went on to being the best escort fighter. It only joined the theater in much later stages of the war when the spitfire had already diminished the biggest part of the luftwaffe. The messerschmitt bf109 might have had similar or even better stats but was extremely difficult to fly. Luckily for the brits they fought mostly on their own turf which meant a downed pilot could bale and still land on home turf when the germans flew over enemy territory and a pilot that baled was taken prisoner.  Throughout the war both planes kept being improved and kept being a match. My vote is the spit. 

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2 hours ago, Joseph Zephy Fallon said:

and the fact the hurricane pilots were instructed to go after easier to kill bombers whereas spits were vectored in on the fighters 

I agree that that was the instruction, but according to a Polish B of B pilot of my aquaintance (now sadly deceased) when you got into battle you went after anything you could, as long as it was enemy.  Interestingly the first three (I think) aircraft shot down by the Spitfire were Hurricanes! Friendly fire is nothing new.

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The P-38 lightning, what makes a plane"better" for me it's survivability if you are an Ace, the way the guns were in the nose allowed Aces to take out targets at ranges where the opponent could not yet return fire. That is what makes for a good plane.

 

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On ‎21‎-‎8‎-‎2017 at 12:43 PM, Joris said:

Your votes, please!

 

ta 152h one of the best planes at the end of the war. More then capable of dealing with the mustang

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I agree the Spitfire is a great plane and deserves its place in history.  The question is whether it was the "best" plane.  For example, if the Brit's had P-51's instead of Spitfires during the BoB, would they have somehow lost?  I think not.  So, hypothetically, if one could have the same number of any WW-II fighter to fight the BoB, what would be the best plane?  P-38?  Me-262?  P-51?  

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