Favorite Attack Airplane in the Pacific

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Favorite Attack Airplane in the Pacific

Post by Victor » 15 May 2002 20:59

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Well, since Logan wanyed it, here it is.

PS: The Pacific isn't my strong point, so any additions are welcomed. Mention the aircraft you want and I will add it.
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Post by Logan Hartke » 15 May 2002 21:09

Thanks. I voted for the Dauntless-the destroyer of the Japanese carriers at Midway. In the book "Top Guns" by Joe Foss and Matthew Brennan, it tells of an American Naval Ace who flew a Dauntless and shot down multiple Zeroes. Now that's something. He later went on to command a fighter squadron and rightfully so.

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Post by Victor » 15 May 2002 21:14

I voted for the Avenger. My impression is that this was the workhorse in the Pacific. True, the Dauntless had its glory day, but don't forhet the Avengers that tried to torpedo the carriers (if I remember correctly) and attracted Zeros down, leaving the dive-bombers a clear sky.
George Bush flew in the Avenger during the war. That's got to count for something :D

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Post by Logan Hartke » 15 May 2002 21:20

Victor wrote:True, the Dauntless had its glory day, but don't forhet the Avengers that tried to torpedo the carriers (if I remember correctly) and attracted Zeros down, leaving the dive-bombers a clear sky.

I'm sorry, but you didn't remember correctly. There were only 6 Avengers at Midway; it was the Devastators that were mauled and brought the Zeroes down to give the Dauntlesses clear skies.

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Post by Logan Hartke » 15 May 2002 21:34

As I said earlier, though. The Val has a certain irresistable elegance for me, though. I love that plane.

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Post by Logan Hartke » 16 May 2002 00:31

I hate to be anal like this (wait, no, I'm a history buff; I love being nitpicky), but I think the A-20 and the B-25 deserve a place on the list. Also, the P-47 only made a significant contribution in the Philippines; I don't know why it was felt that it needed a spot in this poll. The B5N Kate and the Zero also deserve slots in the poll.

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Post by Logan Hartke » 16 May 2002 00:55

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the planes...

Douglas A-20 Havoc...

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North American B-25

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B5N Kate

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Post by Logan Hartke » 16 May 2002 04:32

OHHHH!!! I could kick myself. I forgot to tell you to add the Black Cat as well. Argh. That should've been one of the first to come to my mind.

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Post by Logan Hartke » 16 May 2002 04:55

Just so that you al know what plane that I'm talking about...

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Post by tonyh » 16 May 2002 12:25

Nice images Logan. :D

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Val

Post by Daniel S. » 16 May 2002 16:54

Hei,Logan,are you employed in posting pictures here? :wink: Anyway you have a very pleasant job,though.:)

My favorite is the Japanese Val dive bomber.It did a very good job at Pearl Harbor,didn't it? 8)

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Post by Logan Hartke » 16 May 2002 17:04

I like my job. I'm not too bad at it, either.

As for the Val, I'd say that's a good choice. This is a pretty even poll so far. Maybe because it doesn't deal with Germany proper. These polls usually seemed to be off a bit since there are so many people who will vote for German soldiers and equipment no matter what the scenario. It sometimes reminds me of the Saturday Night Live 'Da Bears' skit for those of you who remember it. They do what-ifs and score are always like 153 - Bears, 10 - 49ers. Or sometimes, they would put the Bears team in bus for a what-if vs. Nascar drivers. The even win that. It's a hilarious skit, but I like the way this poll is turning out.

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'Da Bears'

Post by Daniel S. » 16 May 2002 17:58

Logan,I must say I agree with you in Germany's fans options problem,although I can't "remember" 'Da Bears' because I've never
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Post by Victor » 17 May 2002 20:00

Logan Hartke wrote:I hate to be anal like this (wait, no, I'm a history buff; I love being nitpicky), but I think the A-20 and the B-25 deserve a place on the list. Also, the P-47 only made a significant contribution in the Philippines; I don't know why it was felt that it needed a spot in this poll. The B5N Kate and the Zero also deserve slots in the poll.

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I remember reading somewhere about RAF P-47s in Burma and that's why I mentioned it. I will add the others.

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Post by Logan Hartke » 17 May 2002 23:11

Victor wrote:
Logan Hartke wrote:I hate to be anal like this (wait, no, I'm a history buff; I love being nitpicky), but I think the A-20 and the B-25 deserve a place on the list. Also, the P-47 only made a significant contribution in the Philippines; I don't know why it was felt that it needed a spot in this poll. The B5N Kate and the Zero also deserve slots in the poll.

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I remember reading somewhere about RAF P-47s in Burma and that's why I mentioned it. I will add the others.

I understand, but the P-51 did more ground attack for a longer time in the Pacific (if you are including Burma) than the P-47. Also, if Burma is included, I would think that the Hurricane deserves as much of a slot as the Thunderbolt.

Here are some Mustangs serving in the Pacific/India area of operations...
http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/1999/12/stuff_eng_profile_mustang1.htm
http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/1999/12/stuff_eng_profile_mustang2.htm

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Hurricanes in Burma...
http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/IAF/History/1940s/Hurris.html

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