Naval Aviation Combat Statistics

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This is going to take time to look at but at first glance some of the conclusions are very interesting:

Certain tentative conclusions may be reached from these two tables
(a) The F6F was slightly superior to the F4U in combat, apparently chiefly because of its greater ability to survive damage.
(b) CVL F6Fs enjoyed an advantage over CV F6Fs.
(c) FMs and CVE F6Fs both turned in remarkable records. The F6F appeared to be clearly superior to the FM under CVE combat conditions but the high combat ratio in favour of the FM, its ability to destroy over 55% of the planes it engaged, and its low ratio of loss to damage indicate that it was an exceptionally good fighter within its speed limitations.

Many thanks for finding and posting this

PS the above is on page 58

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