10 Most Feared WW2 Fighter Planes

Vought F4U Corsair

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An American warplane Vought F4U Corsair was one of the finest fighters ever built. It won battle after battle during World War II and absolutely outclassed its main concurrent Japanese Zero. It has great speed and firepower and is instantly recognisable by its gull-wing shape. Production on F4U Corsair continued until 1953.

Yakovlev Yak-3

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Yakovlev Yak-3 was a Soviet fighter aircraft. Robust and easy to maintain, it was loved by pilots and ground crew. It proved to be a formidable dog fighter due to its small size and lightness and high-power weight ratio.  Marcel Albert, World War II French ace, who flew the Yak in USSR with the Normandie-Niémen Group, considered it a superior aircraft to the P-51 Mustang and the Supermarine Spitfire.

Mitsubishi A6M Zero

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The idea that Japan could produce a superb fighting aircraft was very strange to the West. Despite that, when Imperial Japanese forces unleashed its power in 1941 this plane led all the attacks. It is known for its firepower, agility, and range and in early stages of war this plane was absolutely dominant.

Nakajima B5N

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The Japanese B5N claimed 90% hit rate against its enemies. It was on of the most terrific Japanese planes. It took part in the Perl Harbor attack and played a major part in nearly every Japanese victory.

Supermarine Spitfire

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The Spitfire is the most famous British aircraft of all time. It is remembered as a sleek, thoroughbred fighting machine that turned the tide during the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire is one of the fastest and most maneuverable fighters and it served in every combat during World War II.

Messerschmitt Bf 109

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This was a German aircraft that was superior to anything else. With its two cannons plus two machine guns it proved to be a highly efficient fighter but to operational circumstances of Battle of Britain, odds were stacked against it.

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

Lockheed P-38 Lightning

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The Lockheed P-38 Lightning  was an Allie fighter-bomber. Two engines made this plane twice as powerful as anything previous in the Allied arsenal. Luftwaffe pilots called this plane „The Fork-Tailed Devil“, it was equipped with the .50-cal machine gun and a single 20mm cannon. The P-38 Lightning performed as an excellent long-range escort fighter, dive bomber, level bomber and ground strafer.

Focke-Wulf FW 190 D-9

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Production of this German warplane began in 1937. This plane became the biggest threat to Allied forces wherever Luftwaffe fought. It easily destroyed all its opponents including Flying Fortress and Liberation crews  and was almost impossible to defeat until P-51 Mustang finally became available in 1944. As a fighter and anti-tank aircraft, the FW 190 was Germanys best air to ground fighter.

North American P-51D Mustang

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This American warplane fought deep into Hitler’ Germany. Mustang cleared the sky from Luftwaffe fighters and no other plane of this war could fly as high, go as far and fight as hard as Mustang. In the hands of experienced pilots, it took on all corners and is accounted for more kills than any other Allie aircraft.

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

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The high pitched scream of German Junker Ju 87 „Stuka“ is one of the most enduring memories of World War II. As it swooped down to strike its pray with gunfire and bomb blasts it made a very distinctive  high pitched noise. It is famous for the Polish campaign, where it excelled at the close support of ground troops. The Ju 87 fought on every front between 1939 and 1945. This plane became the symbol of the devastation of Blitzkrieg.  Adaptable and cheap it became a great anti-tank machine on the Eastern front.

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