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Author Topic: If you were a WW2 airman what plane would you MOST choose to pilot /be a crew member...And..LEAST choose to fly  (Read 728 times)

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SGT68

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Given what we now retrospectively know about the performance/reliability/safety/mission profile (or any other criteria of your choosing) of WW2 planes , I want to know what plane would you have MOST preferred to be in, and what plane LEAST wanted to have flown, or been a crew member of... and why..

My choices

MOST: Mosquito FB.... speed, firepower
LEAST: Lancaster or Halifax....Luftwaffe nightfighters

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MOST: Fieseler Fi-156 Storch....Can fly from basically anywhere and very few accounts of being shot down.

LEAST: Messerschmitt Me-163 Komet....While fast and agile, very vulnerable after initial attack run and prone to fuel explosion.
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MOST: Focke-Wulf Fw-200 Condor   Long range missions all alone over the open seas in a beautiful plane

LEAST: Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka  Do I really need to say why?
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Most: Fiat G.55  Claimed to be the best Axis prop fighter by some, and with good reason. It was a rare mix of aesthetics and performance, and more than a match for it's Allied contemporaries at the time

Least: He-162A  According to Eric Brown it was rather enjoyable to fly, but in combat conditions it's many quirks did it no favors
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MOST:  8) P-51D Mustang = One of the fastest piston-engined fighters, that could also fly higher and go further than any other combat aircraft of the WW2.
Great visibility all around due to its bubble canopy. Great fire-power and easy to fly.

LEAST:  :(  Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet = Although it was extremely fast, it only allowed the pilot a few seconds firing time, and the low rate of fire and
muzzle velocity of the cannons made aiming extremely hard. Fuel was used up very quickly (8 minutes tops), after which the pilot had no option other than to glide back to base
and made it an easy target for allied fighters. Another major flaw, was the extremely volatile nature of the propellant. A hard jolt on takeoff or landing would
cause the aircraft to explode, and if the fuel leaked, it was capable of fusing flesh to steel....your skin melted like hot butter  o_O
Of all the Komets lost, 80% were in take off and landing accidents, 15% due to loss of control or fires, and the remaining 5% to Allied aircraft.
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MOST: Tempest V...speed, firepower!

LEAST: Panzerbücker. I believe the loss rate was about 100%
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most: Ar-234
least: Short Stirling
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Most; Tempest, faster than anything Sausage Side except 262, I could be a bit of a hooligan with it and it's rockets smashing up trains and stuff.
Least: anything manufactured by Blackburn. How on earth did they keep getting Air Ministry Contracts?
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How on earth did they keep getting Air Ministry Contracts?

Old boy network??
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In contrast, "winkle" Brown who probably flew more types than anybody listed the Lancaster as no 1 in his top twenty and the Mosquito didn't feature at all. He did however do many trials with the Sea Mosquito and managed to bring the landing speed down to 78 mph from the normal 100. The DH Hornet however did come very high on his list. A worthy read.
As for me I like the Hurricane for stability, the 109 for power & stability, on the downside I invariably 'die' in a spitfire.
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Air-to-air: P-51
Ground Attack: P-47

Least desirable: F2A
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Most, and this is a choice from the heart, the Hurricane
Least, and this is pure survival instinct, the Hampden
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