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Originally posted by shiloh shiloh wrote:

Though both a little late to make any real difference, my choice are the Me 262 and f9f Bearcat.

If you talking about the Stuka & Catalina,well both were around in the mid 30's.
The Stuka was used during the Spanish civil war,before WW2.
A little known fact is that the Catalina was the first plane to be hijacked in around the china sea near Hong Kong.
Lot's of gold was transported around as the Chinese love gold.
All passengers and the pilots died except for one of the hijackers,but he meet his fate in a back ally in Honk Kong.   
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Interesting bit of trivia, thanks. Story here:

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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It was the first in flight airliner hijacking!
There were a few earlier ones but not really what we consider hijacking in the modern sense.

Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)
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well - as my moniker implys i had attachment to the boeing B-29 , and this week on the 6th and 9th we had reason to reflect on its part in ending the war in the pacific 




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The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt my first choice.  My Dad flew one like
 this one over Europe.



The B-26 Marauder is my second.  My uncle, was Dad’s brother, flew one like this one over Italy.

I’ve always liked the B-17,and B-29 as well



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Avro Lancaster!

My Uncle Walter, RCAF, serviced as a P.O. Till his death in December 1944. Started out as a Sgt gunner.
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B-17G
F4U 
Super Marine Spitfire 
P40 Tomahawk 
P-38
P-39
Avro Lancaster 
FW190
TBM Avenger
Hawker Hurricane 
Brewster Buffalo 
Hawker Sea Fury 
P-51B
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Just read an article about a P51 pilot that was shot down near a german airfield and made his way into the airfield just before dusk and ended up stealing a FW190. He kept flipping switches until it lit. He didn't bother with the runway,just shot between the hangers.  Upon approach to his own airbase he couldn't get the landing gear down and just slid in to home plate...
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Originally posted by Goosic Goosic wrote:

Just read an article about a P51 pilot that was shot down near a german airfield and made his way into the airfield just before dusk and ended up stealing a FW190. He kept flipping switches until it lit. He didn't bother with the runway,just shot between the hangers.  Upon approach to his own airbase he couldn't get the landing gear down and just slid in to home plate...

 "He stole home".
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One that I think was pretty interesting but underappreciated was the Brewster Buffalo.  The US was trying to develop a carrier aircraft, and they kept adding things to the design - more and larger guns, cannons, armor, arrestor hook, self-inflating life raft, etc.  It was a pig by the start of WWII.

So we sold some of the F2A "export" versions with lower Hp Wright-Cyclone engines to the Finns who were facing the Soviets.  The Finns stripped them of all "unnecessary" weight and left only 4 guns aboard.  Also turns out the engines had less horsepower - but also weighed substantially less and ran great in the extremely cold "Winter War".  Lighter flies better.  Up to the time of jets it had the best kill ratio of any combat aircraft at 32:1 at squadron levels. Ilmari Juutilainen had 96 confirmed kills, 34 while flying his Brewster, and never received a single hit from an enemy pilot or gunner in his Brewster.  That's him in the foreground.  Other pilots used the same aircraft (BW-364) and it was credited with 42-1/2 confirmed kills.  That record still holds for a single aircraft.


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g for George a Lancaster bomber in the Australian war memorial you all should look at the website for its history in ww2


Spitfire 
Me 109 
Mitsubishi zero
P51 mustang 


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thanks for resurrecting this one , very fitting for easter time in many ways , well worth thinking on in these troubled times as well as a nice diversion from the news , im good with where we have been , a bit troubled with where we might be going , has "climate change" been replaced by the pandemic in the libera; lexicon - the manifesto has always stated not to 'waste' a crisis , 


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On the Finnish "de-navalized" Buffalos, as I recall the Finnish mechanics flipped one piston ring in each cylinder which solved some issue the Cyclones were having.  A simple field fix but no one else thought of it!

My favorite aircraft of the war would have to be the Hs123, a stout little biplane that soldiered on in the ground support role until 1944, and only had to be removed from service because all the tooling to make more aircraft and parts had been broken up in 1940.  If they'd had the parts, it would have been happily kept on through the end of the war.
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