Best ship buster.....

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    In your opinions what was the best ship buster of the war? There were many effective planes; the Beaufighter and SM.79 to name a couple.

    Discuss :D
     
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    swordfish.................
     
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    Hmmmmm I forgot the swordfish. I need some more thinking on this one I think, as there were many that were effective :D
     
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    there were many that were used for maritime recon. such as the Fw-200, sunderland and B-24, but they didn't "ship bust"
     
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    The Condor was used as an anti-shipping bomber actually, I think.
     
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    it occasionally bombed merchant shipping but it's primary role was to direct U-boats onto the ships, it tried to stay fay away from enemy fire or action because it had shockingly poor damage tollerance for a 4 engined plane...............
     
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    It was used to bomb ships - therefore it is classifie as a ship buster. Any plane that was used to bomb ships of any form counts in this category...
     
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    well in that case the sunderland, cat and B-24 are up for this title, as are most planes.........

    my vote goes to the Avro lancaster..................
     
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    I mean ones that were used at least fairly regularly, the lancaster wasnt exactly best known for this role, as it only destroyed one ship.
     
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    I'm not sure how effective they were in this role, but didn't the RAF use a small number of B-17's for antishipping patrols?
     
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    it sunk the tirpitz, as well as U-boats when in dock, as such, it's busted ships, as such, it's qualifies as a ship buster using you classification.............

    my vote remains.............
     
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    And even then you think its better than busting ships than a Beaufighter or Sparviero

    Ok then, change it to planes that had ship busting as their primary role.
     
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    as such it excludes the sunderland, cat and FW-200...............
     
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    Yep. Im saving my vote for when the other have said theirs.
     
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    chances are it's gonna be the p.108.............
     
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    God I hope not....
     
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    Damnit lanc, how did you guess? ;) Im gonna have to find some decent pictures...
     
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    When you think of ship-busters, you should really look at the Pacific, as the Navy planes were doing one hell of a job doing that. I would say the TBF/TM Avenger. It was designed to carry torpedoes and bust ships.

    There was also a B-25 that was developed in New Zealand by Pappy Gunn and Jack Fox that carried a 75mm cannon on board. That must have been one heck of a jolt when that gun fired! I will have to see if I can dig out the story of it's first use. Three of them attacked some Japanese warships and before the Japanese knew what hit them, a battleship was down.
     
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    hey hey hey, the RAF and FAA sank more than their fair share of enemy shipping as well you know..................
     
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    I would have to say that more Japanese shipping was sunk by Allies in the Pacific than the European theatre.......
     
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