What Aircraft of World War Two had the BEST kill ratio...

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by polishshooter, Sep 20, 2006.

Which WWII Aircraft had the best kill ratio of the war?

  1. Noth American P-51 Mistang

    27 vote(s)
  2. Messerschmidt Bf109

    12 vote(s)
  3. Chance Vought F4U Corsair

    17 vote(s)
  4. Brewster Buffalo

    6 vote(s)
  1. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    This one might be fun....

    I'll give you a hint, it was 26-1....
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2006
  2. Unquestionably, it was the F4U, Polish, at least if we are talking about the ratio of kills as opposed to the total number of kills.

  3. armabill

    armabill Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Glenolden, Pa.
    Looks like a tie score now.
  4. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    It's the ratio of kills to losses....;)
  5. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Give up?;)

    26-1 kill ratio, for the ENTIRE war, ALL theaters....

    The Brewster Buffalo....no joke. (Of course it took the FINNS flying against the RUSSIANS to get it....if we didn't try it against the Zero in Rangoon or at Midway it would have been HIGHER.....)
  6. Polish, the Brewster Buffalo was arguably the WORST fighter aircraft used in World War II!! Yes, the Finns did use it with some success against obsolete Russian aircraft, but it failed miserably everywhere else it was flown. You might find this article interesting:

  7. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Ahhhh, PS, my friend, you KNOW how much I like to give CW a little GOOSE every now and again....:D

    Don't be SO hasty on the Buffalo!

    And even the article YOU cite says so!

    It only faced the Zero when EVERY plane we had was getting it's clock cleaned...BEFORE we stopped trying to dogfight and turn with it (and started LISTENING to Chennault...)....and it REALLY only had two fights with Allied pilots at the controls...first the British in Rangoon, who actually claimed when they saw the Flying Tigers DIVING to attack and diving AWAY that they were COWARDS (it was STILL a shootable offense in the RAF to "dive away" from a fight!) who tried to turn and burn at low altitudes with the Zero, and got blown away....BUT interestingly, when they put in the 40 SPITFIRES with pilots who had fought in the BOB they lost 27 of them in a couple of WEEKS with no kills trying to dogfight the Zero!

    Then of course, Midway, basically GREEN pilots, but more Buffalos made it back from the first and only interception than Wildcats....but remember, of course, AGAIN they were still climbing out, the Zeros had speed AND altitude, it was suicide for BOTH of them!

    The only REAL sustained action it had WAS with the FInns, where it ran up such a great record...AND they found out that not ONLY was it as rugged as any OTHER American fighter, it was also SMALLER and LIGHTER than any other, and MAY have been the most maneuverable of them all!

    Don't forget the Brewster BEAT the F4F in the first Navy trials, and was adopted first, Grumman had to make an IMPROVED Wildcat to beat it again, while Brewster actually slowed it DOWN with later changes and increased weight...the EARLY model was actually better, and one Marine in your article even claims it would have been BETTER than the WIldcat off Guadalcanal...faster and more maneuverable....

    No I'm NOT saying it was GREAT, (like the P-40 or F4F-4 or FM-2:cool: ) only that it WASN'T as bad as "generally accepted...."

    And it DID have the best kill ratio of the war!:p

    Last edited: Sep 26, 2006
  8. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    :) This one did:)

    PS If you want a full size pic, I'll e-mail it to you. Just ask

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Sep 28, 2006
  9. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    How about this shot?

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  10. F4U Corsair. The Japanese called it, "Whispering Death." :D
  11. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    I would opt for the Corsair, too.

    One needs to answer this question considering all the practical applications, not just raw statistics. Statistically the Brewster Buffalo has the edge but practically speaking over the entire course of the war, nothing touched the F4U!
  12. I must agree, Marlin, though the F4U did have its shortcomings in some areas, particularly carrier operations. Since it is a tail-dragger, carrier landings were difficult. It was the British who finally figured out that the Corsair could be landed on carriers if the pilot made an off-center approach, and the aircraft was used on U.S. carriers during the latter part of the war. Where the Corsair really shined though was as a ground attack aircraft. With the P-51s dedicated to bomber defense, the F4U could be turned loose on targets of opportunity, and with four .50s, together with rockets and bombs, it was hugely destructive against vehicles, trains, and any sort of ground installation.
  13. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Marlin, I made the poll, I get to set the definitons and parameters, so THERE....:D

    The CORRECT answer to "Which plane had the best Kill ratio of the war," which was 26-1, no other aircraft came CLOSE.... is the Brewster Buffalo.

    You CW guys can SQUIRM all you want, and wiggle like a word-parsing Liberal:p

    But STATISTICALLY you cannot refute it....

    Which leads to the LESSON I intended to teach, the Buffalo, in the right hands, was NOT quite the "pig" it has been portrayed in MOST of the American and British histories...:cool:

    Flown by American and British pilots of 1941 and 1942 maybe, but in the time it fought against the Japs, EVERY contemporary allied fighter in the hands of similarly trained pilots faired as bad or WORSE, INCLUDING the P-40, (EXCEPT for the AVG)the Wildcat, the Hurricane and the Spitfire!

    I did NOT say "the best plane of the war" "the most versatile plane of the war" "the most manueverable," the most ANYTHING....OR the "prettiest," or "most popular...." or the even MORE self-prejudicial, "your favorite....;)"

    JUST the best kills to losses ratio....and MOST of you guys FLUNKED, mainly due to (well informed but nonetheless self limiting) prejudices and preconceptions....;) :D

    But don't worry, I was just as flabbergasted when I read it the first time too....:D :D :D :D :D :D
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  14. Now here is the REAL Brewster Buffalo, Jordana, of course, and the kind of buffalo that can really charge! :D




    By the way, rumor has it that the Brewster Buffalo flew ALMOST as well as this one would! :D ;) :p
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  15. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    See? MORE CW!:p

    The WILD Bison was actually swift and Nimble, and DANGEROUS to hunt...

    (Until of course they invented the .45-90, .50-110, etc....:p )

    And I might be showing my ignorance, but who is this Jordana chick? She's definitely cuter than a F2A, I'll give you that....:cool:

    Now having successfully defended the "Honour" of the warrior Buffalo, I should go on to defend the Airacobra next...;)

    You KNOW it wasn't ALL bad....and actually had some kills in US service, even WITHOUT Bong flying it. And it ALSO has some "Foreign Service" that was pretty stellar too...like it was the PREFERRED fighter of Russian Aces and "Guards...."

    (Of course, the jury's still out on whether that says more for the BELL, or for "Russian Aces....";) )
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2006
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