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Topic: Name your Favorite WWII Aircraft
Posted By: Cookie Monster
Subject: Name your Favorite WWII Aircraft
Date Posted: December 09 2008 at 9:02am
The five that I liked
 
 
F4u Corsair                                USN
Supermarine Spitfire  Mk V         RAF
Focke-Wulf 190 "Wrger"            Luftwaffe
Kawanishii N1K2-J "George"      Japanese Imperial Navy
CAC Boomerang                        Royal Australian Air Force
 



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Posted By: thresher_593
Date Posted: December 09 2008 at 9:42am

Dornier Do 335 Keil               Luftwaffe

Bell P-39 Airacobra                US Army Air Force

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt  US Army Air Force

Supermarine Spitfire MkIXE    Royal Air Force

Northrop P-61 Black Widow   US Army Air Force

 

 Actually, if it had wings, I liked it!



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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 09 2008 at 10:12am
U.S. the P 47 "Jug"
Brit, the Mossie.
German, the AR 234 "blitz" (B model)
Japanese, I don't remember the code name, but it was a twin radial engines recce plane with really sleek lines.
Italian.......I never really did find anything outstanding, but if I had to pick it would be the Folgore.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: thresher_593
Date Posted: December 09 2008 at 10:20am
Japanese, I don't remember the code name, but it was a twin radial engines recce plane with really sleek lines.
 
Possibly the Mitsubishi Ki-46 code named Dinah?


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Posted By: airforcediver
Date Posted: December 09 2008 at 12:32pm
Fighters
F4U-D Corsair
Supermarine Spitfire Mk V
P-51 Mustang
 
Bombers
Lancaster for starts
Halifax
B-24 Liberator
 
 
Misc
Consolidated Canso
 
The 3 Amigo's of U-boat killing
Vickers Wellington
Lockheed Hudson 
Bristol Blenheim/Bolingbroke 


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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 09 2008 at 10:16pm
" Mitsubishi Ki-46 code named Dinah? "
That's the one, thanks.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: December 09 2008 at 10:55pm
Originally posted by thresher_593 thresher_593 wrote:

Dornier Do 335 Keil               Luftwaffe

Bell P-39 Airacobra                US Army Air Force

Republic P-47D Thunderbolt  US Army Air Force

Supermarine Spitfire MkIXE    Royal Air Force

Northrop P-61 Black Widow   US Army Air Force

 

 Actually, if it had wings, I liked it!

 
That Dornier was a push pull prop configuration If I recall correctly, She was an excellent aircraft. P-61's were awsome as well. I agree with your statement, "Actually, if it had wings, I liked it!".


Posted By: thresher_593
Date Posted: December 10 2008 at 10:08am
We captured a couple of DO-235's at the end of the war. One of them was flown from Germany into France with an escort from two P-51's. The pilot of the 235 ran away from the Mustangs, arriving at the French airfield 45 minutes before them. When the Mustang jocks complained they were surprised to find out the pilot never opened the 235 up all the way. With American spark plugs and fuel, it would clock almost 500 miles per hour. Pilots that flew them said they were very easy to fly, no torque problems because the engines rotated in opposite directions.

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Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: December 10 2008 at 10:59am

Thresher 593,

 The rear prop could be jettisoned so the pilot could bail out with out being eaten by the rear prop. It was also a formidable adversary with only one engine operating


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 10 2008 at 10:47pm

Just a couple of pics from the Air & Space museum at Dulles airport in Virginia.

 

 



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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 10 2008 at 10:50pm
The sheer size of the Dornier surprised mt, the thing is both tall & huge.
It makes the "Jug" look tinyShocked.
 
I'm guessing the height had to be so that the rear prop wouldn't hit the runway during takeoff.
 
The engines are in-line BTW, not radials. The radiators were circular in shape. I read somewhere that this would allow radial & inline engines to be fairly interchangable in the event of production shortages.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: December 11 2008 at 5:26am
yes if I recall they were inverted V Mercedes-Benz engines the round cowlings were designed to accept radials in case the in-lines were not avaiable. The FW-190 used both as well


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: December 11 2008 at 5:52am
I have a pic of one in a nacelle somewhere. I'll see if I can find it.
I think they were either DB 601, or 605 motors.


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: thresher_593
Date Posted: December 11 2008 at 10:41am
The engines were made by Daimler-Benz. They cranked out a little over 2100 horsepower each. By comparison the P-38 Lightning had two Allsion motors that produced about 1400 hp each. The Germans built good engines.

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Posted By: Hatchetman
Date Posted: December 11 2008 at 7:21pm
Bristol Beaufighter - left a trail of carnage behind it on the ground
de Haviland Mosquito - Best use of plywood ever
Supermarine Spitfire - simply a classic aircraft
Curtiss P-40 Kittyhawk - the RAAF's most important fighter of the war
Avro Lancaster - just right


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And the snow will cover tracks,

And I'll be watching,

Because I'm hunting you



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Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: December 11 2008 at 11:35pm
hatchetman there is a gentleman here that I talk to frequently that flew Curtis P-40 Warhawks in WW II


Posted By: Kodiac400
Date Posted: December 12 2008 at 11:03am
I'd have to say my personal favorite would be the P-51 Mustang. I'm into the R/C hobby and thinking of getting a   P-51 Mustang to fly.


Posted By: Stan the Gunman
Date Posted: March 23 2009 at 10:54am
Well, If I had to chose just one it would be '' The wooden wonder ''! There are many beautiful and fanstic designs from this era. But my first coice would be the De Havilland Mosquito, a jack of all trades! Bomber, Pathfinder, Nightfighter, Long range recon or torpedo plane. There was even one version that mounted a real canon!
Fast, very fast!
 
Here comming in low and fast!


Posted By: oldbikewrench
Date Posted: March 23 2009 at 1:05pm
P-61 Black Widow
P-40 (any configuration)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Mosquito - de Havilland Mosquito
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macchi_C.205 - Macchi MC.205
H6K MAVIS


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Posted By: Tony
Date Posted: March 23 2009 at 8:26pm
You'd go down well with my lad Kodiac. He was into radio controlled planes for quite a while, until we moved over to Lancashire, we still have 2 stored up in the loft.

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Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: March 23 2009 at 9:16pm
Originally posted by Tony Tony wrote:

You'd go down well with my lad Kodiac. He was into radio controlled planes for quite a while, until we moved over to Lancashire, we still have 2 stored up in the loft.
 
What RC aircraft do you all have Tony?


Posted By: Tony
Date Posted: March 23 2009 at 10:11pm
1 is a Limbo Dancer for acrobatics, the other is a Long Cabin, once it's up you have to make it land. 6foot wing span 40cc engine quite slow but very stable. The limbo dancer with the right controller is extremely agile, again a 40cc engine and given the right conditions you can get it to hover.

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“If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons

Born free taxed to death!!!



Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: March 24 2009 at 6:26am
The absolute most BEAUTIFUL aircraft to grace the skies was the Spitfire..hands down.
The Mosquito sure runs a close 2nd-in my books.(Course-the Typhoon got a bad/slow start..but once the bugs were out & used in the PROPER role-it was quite a kite,as well!!)
Hoadie

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Posted By: Black Prince
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 12:25am
Mine would be 

the Catalina sea craft (US I think) after the Stuka.








My Father in-law served in New Guinea WW2 and flew home in a Catalina at wars end.
I remember the story he told me of flying over the Great Barrier Reef, whilst sitting in the bomb aimers seat,the view was fantastic.
Fond memories he told me of his experiences,after he died the eldest daughter found all these black and white pics of the native women topless she threw them out.



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I know what I like & like what I know.


Posted By: shiloh
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 2:23am
Though both a little late to make any real difference, my choice are the Me 262 and f9f Bearcat.

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Posted By: Stanforth
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 3:16am
Originally posted by oldbikewrench oldbikewrench wrote:

P-61 Black Widow
P-40 (any configuration)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Mosquito" rel="nofollow - de Havilland Mosquito
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macchi_C.205" rel="nofollow - H6K MAVIS

Only a crew of 2.... Well able to defend itself and capable of carrying a bigger bomb load than a B17G


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Posted By: Stanforth
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 3:20am
I was refering to the Mosquito. 

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 6:13am
Lancashire

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Posted By: Stanforth
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 6:56am
Originally posted by paddyofurniture paddyofurniture wrote:

Lancashire

 That not a WW11 aircraft, its Yorkshires less famous poorer neighbour.Wink


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Posted By: Goosic
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 7:44am
P-40 Tomahawk 
F4U Corsair 
B17G Flying Fortress 
P-38 Lightning 
Supermarine Spitfire
P-51 Mustang 
Hawker Sea Fury


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 10:35am
You might get to see this really classy Mk IX Spit. if you live in the right places.
There's a real time flight tracker app under "about".
https://www.silverspitfire.com/" rel="nofollow - https://www.silverspitfire.com/



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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Honkytonk
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 1:11pm
For me, no question... Spitfire and Typhoon!


Posted By: Black Prince
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 1:36pm
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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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 1:53pm
Interesting bit of trivia, thanks. Story here:
https://www.scmp.com/article/645928/flight-no-return" rel="nofollow - https://www.scmp.com/article/645928/flight-no-return



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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: August 09 2019 at 2:02pm
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.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_hijackings" rel="nofollow - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_aircraft_hijackings



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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: August 10 2019 at 7:29pm
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 






Posted By: Whitjr
Date Posted: April 13 2020 at 9:25am

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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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: April 13 2020 at 9:39am
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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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: Goosic
Date Posted: April 13 2020 at 11:13am
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


Posted By: Goosic
Date Posted: April 13 2020 at 11:19am
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...


Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: April 13 2020 at 11:24am
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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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: Stumpkiller
Date Posted: April 13 2020 at 11:25am
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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Posted By: smerdon42
Date Posted: April 13 2020 at 3:21pm
g for George a Lancaster bomber in the Australian war memorial you all should look at the website for its history in ww2

https://www.awm.gov.au/" rel="nofollow - https://www.awm.gov.au/

Spitfire 
Me 109 
Mitsubishi zero
P51 mustang 




Posted By: A square 10
Date Posted: April 13 2020 at 6:27pm
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 , 




Posted By: WilliamS
Date Posted: April 13 2020 at 6:47pm
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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