Hardest plane to take down in WW2?

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  1. Hunter368

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    Simply what is the hardest plane to take down (that can absorb the most damage) in each category:

    Fighter ?
    Ground Attack a/c?
    Bomber?
    Carrier Plane?

    Don't get me wrong I do not want best fighter or fastest fighter etc I want the toughest one in each category.
     
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    Fighter: P-47 Thunderbolt
    Bomber: B-17 Flying Fortress
    Carrier plane: Fighter or bomber/torpedo bomber?
    For Carrier Fighter, I would go with the Corsair.
     
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    P-47 - Fighter
    Il-2 Ground Attack
    B-17 Bomber
    F4F Carrier
     
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    Ground attack- IL-2
    Fighter - P47
    Bomber - B17
    Carrier - mmmm not really sure here, Hellcat or Corsair, I have heard good things about both as being tough.

    3 out of 4 for USA lol :D They did have tough planes. When in doubt add alittle armor plating. lol
     
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    lol Nice list there FB lol I will just responding to Evan then I see yours there. lol
     
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    Fighter - P-47
    Ground Attack - IL-2
    Bomber - B-17
    Carrier - F4U
     
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    Fighter - P-47
    Ground Attack - IL-2
    Bomber - B-29
    Carrier - F4U
     
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    Fighter- Tempest,
    Ground Attack - Henschel 129
    Bomber- Wellington
    Carrier- F4U
     
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    Fighter - P47
    Rugged was its middle name.
    Ground Attack - Henschel 129
    Sometimes overlooked but tough and well armed. I like having two engines as a GA plane is almost certain to take hits.
    Bomber B29
    Higher, Faster and better armed than the B17.
    Carrier - F4U
    Simply the best carrier aricraft
     
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    I read somewhere that the Japanese considered P-47 and the P-40 the toughest fighters to kill and the B-17 gave them fits. I think it was in Gene Gurney's Five Down and Glory.

    :{)
     
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    I'd also say the B-29. I don't know if it could take a beating like a B-17, but it would be way harder to bring down by virtue of speed and firepower.

    Saburo Saki also staed the same.
     
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    I want toughest not fastest planes. What is the toughest planes.
     
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    Fighter - P-47
    Ground Attack - IL-2
    Bomber - B-17
    Carrier - F4U
     
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    Nice pics guys. Just a question how rugged was the Hellcat? Could it take alot of damage or average only.
     
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    depends on the year totally
     
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    Fighters

    1941 - P-47
    1942 - P-47
    1943 - P-47
    1944 - P-47
    1945 - P-47

    :D
     
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    It was pretty durable. You really have to see one to appreciate it's armor, armament and sheer size. I have had the pleasure of seeing the Zero and the Hellcat side by side. There is a big difference in size. The specs will show the difference of being not that great, but until you see them side by side, it's another story.

    From what I have read, the Hellcat was responsible for 4,947 enemy aircraft destroyed in air to air combat. I have spoken with a few Hellcat veterans and they stand by their Grumman Iron Works bird. They said it was surprisingly manueverable for such a large fighter.
     
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    Thanks Evan thats sort of what I have read also.
     
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    I would like to know how the main carrier planes for USA, Wildcat, Hellcat, Corsair would of done vs German fighters of the same time period. mmmm
     
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