Top Ten Best WW2 Planes

The Top Ten

1 CAC Wirraway

It shot down a plane once...

2 Supermarnie Spitfire

By far the best allied single engine fighter of WW2

The Saviour of England

3 Bf 109

It rains hell on the british

I hate to rain on the Spitfire parade here, but from Dunkirk in May 1940 through the Battle of Britain and to the end of 1942, the Bf 109 maintained an pretty constant and overall kill ratio over Spitfires and Hurricanes of 8:1. Eight to one, folks. The RAF grossly overestimated the number of Bf 109s shot down by a factor of three - which is probably more a testament to the toughness of the 109 than to any dishonesty on the part of RAF pilots. At no time during that period did the Germans have more than 150 serviceable 109s to fly against over 900 RAF fighters, so not only were the 109s grossly outnumbered, they still shot down 8 RAF fighters for every 109 lost in combat. The Germans lost far more 109s to landing accidents than they did to Spitfires and Hurricanes. I love the Hurricane and the Spitfire is pretty, but the 109 was the far better dogfighter for a number of reasons:

1. fuel injection allowed it to bunt over and escape, a maneuver the RAF fighters could not ...more

4 P47 Thunderbolt

Nicknamed "The Jug" This thing is one of a kind

5 P-51 Mustang

Long range Support Fighter

6 iL-2

Great Ground Attack Fighter

7 Hawker Hurrcaine
8 Yak-3
9 FW 190
10 Boeing B-29 Superfortress

The Thing That Ended WW2

The Contenders

11 Boeing B-17 Flying Fortess

Great Long range Bomber

12 Messerschmitt Me 262

Actually it was the second after the he 178

First jet fighter lol

13 ‎Ryan FR Fireball
14 Focke-Wulf Ta 152

Thank God this entered the war too late and in too small a number it could out run diving P 51 mustangs.

15 Avro Lancaster

A good long range bomber - Bigglesworth

16 Boeing B-29 Superfortress

This dropped BOTH atomic bombs

17 Mitsubishi A6M Zero
18 Grumman F6F Hellcat

Rarely has there been a combat aircraft so perfect for its time and place as the Hellcat. “No more outstanding example of skill and luck joining forces to produce just the right airplane is to be found than that provided by the Grumman Hellcat,” wrote legendary British test pilot Eric “Winkle” Brown in his book Wings of the Navy. This bluff, sensible, utterly workmanlike shipboard fighter arrived in the Pacific theater in August 1943 and went to work straight out of the box. The Hellcat immediately challenged what had been the most powerful naval air arm on the planet and beat it like a bongo, racking up by far the highest kill-versus-loss ratio of any airplane in American service during World War II (19-to-1, based on claimed shootdowns). It resoundingly won the most one-sided, humiliating air battle of any war—the Marianas Turkey Shoot. Unlike other fighters that went through lengthy series of engine, airframe and armament changes, the F6F was hardly modified or updated ...more

19 Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
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