Best Fighter aircraft of WW2

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    Ok ... I know the P-51 gets a lot of love for it's characteristics and performance but I'm not picking that plane and my reasoning is simple, we entered the war in late '41 this is a full year after the Germans had lost the Battle of Britton and a large number of their experianced pilots. I know the P-51 has some great kill ratios, but the level of compitition had dropped.

    I'm more inclined to go with the Hurricane/Spitfire

    Other nominies include:

    Zero (too fragile in my book)
    262 (came in too late though most were only shot down with taking off or landing)
    Hellcat (one tough bugger)
    Corsair (made some early maintance issues)
    190 (could have been great, before the pilot loss)
    Lightning (same gripe as with 51 ... Who was flying those other planes?)

    Your nominee here ______
     
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    Stuka Dive Bomber was the scariest - had this screeching sound that panicked targets on the ground.

    As far as the best - would be the P-51 Mustang.

    Kept the German fighters off of the bomber groups.
     
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    The F4U Corsair has a pretty colorful history. The gull wing plane was developed as a Carrier plane but novice Navy pilots had trouble seeing past the nose and crashes were not uncommon. Marines used the power and speed of the well built plane effectively amd the legendary Black Sheep flew Corsairs. The plane was so strong that a Corsair chasing a flimsy Japanese fighter at extreme high altitude had it's guns jam due to the cold and flew close enough to the Japanese plane to cut it's tail off with the powerful Corsair prop. The Japanese plane went down and the Corsair lost about 4 inches off the prop ans flew back to base.
     
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    Without a doubt, the P-51D Mustang!
     
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    Like anything else when comparing things do them during their time frame. The jet fighter at the end of the war in a one on one fight wins hands down against all the others and would rank as the best. However this is a list year by year of the best fighter.

    1939 : Messerschmitt Bf 109, German
    1940 : Spitfire, British
    1941 : Zero, Japanese,
    1942 : FW 190, German
    1943 : P-47, USA
    1944 : P-51, USA, was the class of propeller driven planes. Gave the allies the ability to escort bombers all the way.
    1945 : Me 262, German, jet fighter, nothing could mach it but only a few were involved before the end. This was the best of the whole war.
     
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    Me 262s were shot down taking off and landing because that's where they were most vulnerable...Couldn't firewall the throttle without blowing up the engines.

    It was also misused, with many early variants being used as offensive bombers, rather than for air superiority over Germany...Change that one factor and Hitler could've forced a stalemate the strategic air war, despite the P-51.

    But if worms had machine guns.....
     
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    Don't think he could have forced a stalemate. 51's were being made a lot faster then 262's ... Yes, the 262's would have mopped the skys, but they would have to land someplace to rearm ... They would fall pray to hunter groups of 51's
     
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    Were'nt most of Germany's best pilots dead by then also?

    Both cool planes indeed. I have a special place in my heart for the P-51 though.
     
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    You have swarms of 262s making swiss cheese out of bomber formations and there's no reason for the P-51s to even be there.

    No bombers overhead frees up 109s and D-9s to fly cover for the 262 bases...The entire dynamic or the air war over German airspace is changed.
     
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