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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
      125
    • North American P-51 Mustang
      174
    • Focke Wulf FW-190
      30
    • Messerschmitt Bf 109
      32
    • Yakovlev Yak-3
      7
    • Mitsubishi A6M Zero
      5
    • Other (specify below)
      91
    • DH 98 Mosquito
      34


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According to some WWII aces, there's a lot of different opinions. Some quote the Me-109E or F as better than the Spifire, others put the Mustang P-51 as the best, and others the Yak-3 in the upper level. I like the most the Spitfire, who evolved during war time and kept a high standard, but I understand that the Tempest was better. Anyway, this is a very interesting matter and I hope you guys add your dime to the conversation.

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The P-51 made the American long range daylight bombing missions possible which, together with the British bombing at night, destroyed the Nazi war industry. 

But, without the Spitfire or the Yak to take on the Luftwaffe in the early days of the war, those missions would come far too late (if at all).

 

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13 minutes ago, Msabot1 said:

Thunderbolt by far the most durable and unsurpassed for payload.....

Very true and used as a long range fighter escort for a long time, turned out it was better suited for ground attack.

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1 hour ago, Legdiver said:

My vote is: Messerschmitt  Me 262

ME 262 was a game changer...set the stage for the future...

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7 hours ago, Stephen N Russell said:

RAF Mosquito "Wooden Wonder".

Totally, what a fantastic plane ! 

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I vote for the P-47 Thunderbolt.  the Jug had more kills, and by the war's end was flying escort to Berlin and back.  also it had bomb racks and was able to bomb targets on the way back to their base.  so it went from a fighter plane to a fighter-bomber designation.  the jug could also take more damage than the mustang.  there were drawbacks that were worked out over the course of the war.  the different external fuel tanks provided a variety of ranges for the jug as the mission dictated.  improved internal tanks gave it the range needed to escort the B-29 in the Pacific theatre as well.

 

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On 21/08/2017 at 12:43 PM, Joris said:

Your votes, please!

 

None of the above. Only one plane sank ships, bombed buildings, shot down planes at night etc. etc. 

The De Havilland Mosquito.

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On ‎8‎/‎24‎/‎2017 at 6:57 AM, Pieter said:

Spitfire, without it the Battle of Britain would have been lost.

 

Dear Pieter,

As a symbol (And a fine fighter aircraft), the Spitfire was THE airplane of the "Battle of Britain". It was, however, the less glamorous Hawker Hurricane that accounted for 60% of the German aircraft shot down during the engagement.

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On 8/21/2017 at 3:43 AM, Joris said:

Your votes, please!

 

it would be a hard call .. spitty was the best fighter plane i feel but the 109 would have been as well but for the armour plating around the cockpit and the fixed pitch prop it could not perform at its best .. so to the fock wulf .. the mustang was a total was till the poms put the merlin engine in it .. the zero was built to perform and it did that quite well but it could not take hits ... the yak was a bit of a bulldozer of the skies but it was lacking in speed .. my pick rest on 4 planes .. the spit .. the pommy mustang .. the mosguito.. the lightning followed very closely by the tornadoe

 

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The DH 98 Mosquito gets my vote.  The best night fighter, night intruder and also arguably the worlds first stealth fighter being built almost entirely of wood.  Not only was it a superb night fighter however, it was also used as a bomber, night bomber, fighter-bomber, shipping strike and photo recce aircraft, so versatile was it.  In a straight fight it could out perform the earlier marks of Spitfire, and hold its own with the later marks (and that with two engines to the Spitfires one!).  Until the closing stages of the war the Axis had nothing that could catch it, and even when they did it took superb skill and not a small amount of luck to shoot one down, and bear in mind I am talking about the fighter version here not the bomber version.

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6 minutes ago, William Lebotschy said:

Vought Corsair. Kill ratio fantastic and also flew in the Korean War like the P51.

In the Pacific Theatre though, I doubt if it would have faired as well against the bf 109 the FW 190 and ME 262.

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The British taught the Yanks how to fly the Corsair, without killing themselves. The Btits used it as a carrier plane . It would have outclassed the FW 190, which was the best prop plane the Germans made in WW11. Look at the stats on the plane. 

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