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"The Plane That Won the War" Topic

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian09 May 2023 4:29 p.m. PST

Slow but rugged, the SBD Dauntless dive bomber ravaged the Imperial Japanese Navy during the monumental first year of the Pacific contest, in the process earning a place in the hearts of its pilots.

USNI: link

BillyNM10 May 2023 1:58 a.m. PST

…won the war? Surely not. A stellar performance indeed but dependent on the contribution of all the other component parts.

JimDuncanUK10 May 2023 3:41 a.m. PST

Thought that was the Spitfire, no the Lancaster, no the Mustang, no the Mosquito.

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2023 5:04 a.m. PST

I'm sure that there will be many disagreements on this topic. I don't think any individual design "won" the war but worked in concert with others to do so depending upon the mission requirements. If any aircraft would qualify as a war winner I would go with the C-47.

Might consider this a topic of a poll however as that might be fun.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2023 6:18 a.m. PST

I have a soft spot for the Fairey Swordfish.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2023 6:27 a.m. PST

The article does specify "War in the Pacific'.

The Japanese carrier fleet would agree if anyone wants to go deep sea diving and ask them.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2023 8:06 a.m. PST

The Val achieved more and wide ranging results in far less time of what, six months?

The SBD achieved quite a lot too, but no way near with the speed of the IJN takeover from Dec '41 to May of '42.

Royston Papworth10 May 2023 11:13 a.m. PST

My vote is for the Spitfire.

Although troopwo does have a point… 😁

Augustus10 May 2023 1:38 p.m. PST

P-38 Lightning.

JMcCarroll10 May 2023 3:28 p.m. PST

A B-29 ended the war. Does that count?

Inch High Guy10 May 2023 3:29 p.m. PST

Easy question, B-29. I love the Dauntless and have several other favorites, but two B-29 missions of only three aircraft each led directly to the Japanese decision to surrender.

Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2023 3:46 p.m. PST

The Enola Gay?

21eRegt10 May 2023 7:56 p.m. PST

B-25? The Tokyo Raid pushed the Japanese into their great defeat at Midway.

advocate10 May 2023 11:23 p.m. PST


advocate10 May 2023 11:25 p.m. PST

Troop two, the Val is excluded from the title 'The plane that won the war' for technical reasons…

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2023 5:58 a.m. PST

I'd have gone with the Dakota.

All the fighters and bombers did their bit, some admirably, some astonishingly (yes Fairey Swordfish I am looking at you) but not one of them did everything.

advocate11 May 2023 6:48 a.m. PST

To be fair, no single aircraft 'won the war'. Overall it was about production, and using equipment in combination. Yes, there were individual high achievers, but they wouldn't have won on their own.

troopwo Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2023 10:29 a.m. PST

For a multiplicity of roles maybe even the B24.

Bombing, mining, pathfinding, electronic, coastal command, ferry command, basic transport and CBI transport.

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