My Tactics and Planes Chapter (Don't Worry, A Lot Shorter)

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  1. Negative Creep

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    I've prepared a short work on aircraft and tactics which I'd appreciate comments on. It's designed to be written for someone with no knowledge on the subject so please keep this in mind. It's not a chronological account and due to lack of space I've only mentioned the main aircraft operating over SE Asia. It's not supposed to explain every battle and aircraft sub type but just to explain a bit more about the aircraft talked about in the main chapters.

    Again, please be honest and if you see any mistakes/omissions/contradictions/grammatical errors then let me know. Thanks!

     
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    Oh and ignore the references
     
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    Nice summary...I'll have to wait until I get home if you want typographical editing.
     
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    Good job. Was that for a project?
     
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    (sorry....didn't meant to be a dick: Good job on it!)
     
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    thats nice work mate
     
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    I think Japan was actually at war since 1932 or 1933.

    The problem with the "Betty" as with most Japanese planes, in addition to lack of armour, was no self-sealing fuel tanks - hence the 'flying Lighter' nickname.

    I would add in paragraph 7 about the Lightning that it was the plane that the highest USA aces of the PTO achieved their status - or something similar. Along with the Corsair, it was one plane that is associated with the PTO - even shot down Yamamoto.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    I would make it more clear that the P-38 was a.) the most successful PTO fighter for USAAF and b.) it was a success from the beginning of operations whereas the P-38 for a multitude of reasons was less successful in the ETO but still had a fine combat record in Europe.

    With regards to 'low level combats' I would suggest that many of the sweeps and escort missions in which the P-38 engaged were at medium (15000-20000 feet) not low altitude. The Zero could easily win in the horizontal at low altitude and could also split S from a much lower altitude...
     
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    The Ki-61 used an engine based on the German DB 601, not a copy of the engine. If it were an actual copy, it probably would not have had as many problems.

    The success of the Hellcat and Corsair was not so much due to their qualitative superiority but more due to the superior training of the US pilots.

    Lots more nit picking can be done here, but yours was a pretty fair summary of the historic events.

    - Ivan. (The Nit Picker)
     
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    What shot the Japanese in the foot with the Ha40 (licensed DB601), was the engine's tolerances which were too critical. The Ha40's replacement, the Ha140 (licensed DB605) wasn't without it's problems either.

    The Ki-61 had alot of potential though. One of those "what could have been" situations.
     
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    Cheers for all the comments. As I went to give it in I found I had an extra day, but by then my project was all bound so I couldn't add anything to it! I wrote over 11,000 words in the end but still barely went into real detail. I had so much info it was hard to decide what should actually go in. Still, at least I know a fair bit more about the Far East theatre now!
     
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    :occasion5: Which is the whole purpose of education in general, and this site in particular! Sorry I never got around to suggestions, had a busy weekend with Dad in the hospital again. 11,000 words....that's a heck of a term paper!
     
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