What 9 cy. radial engined fighter did better in WW2?

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  1. Vincenzo

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    #1 Vincenzo, Dec 13, 2015
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    Reading some replies on the top 3 engines of 1940 thread i came out with this question


    i try to help with a list of 9 cylinders radial engined fighters, i hope have not miss many ;)

    PZL P.7 [Bristol Jupiter] (Polish Campaign '39)
    PZL P.11 [Bristol Mercury, polish, Gnome Rhone 9k rumenian], (Polish Campaing '39, Russian Campaign '41)
    Blackburn Skua [Bristol Mercury], (Naval dive bomber/fighter 39-41)
    Blackburn Roc [Bristol Mercury],(Naval fighter 40)
    Gloster Gauntlet [Bristol Mercury], (East Africa Campaign '40)
    Gloster Gladiator [Bristol Mercury], (many in 39-41)
    Fokker D.XXI [Bristol Mercury, finish built get also the P&W R-1535 but at time were recce/trainer plane], (West front '40, Winter War, Russian Campaign '41)
    Grumman Wildcat (only Martlet I, IV and FM-2 variants) [Wright R-1820] (Naval fighter carrier or land based from Christmas '40 to war end)
    Curtiss Hawk III [Wright R-1820], (China War -40, Thai -41)
    Curtiss CW-21 [Wright R-1820], (China&South East Asia 41-42)
    Curtiss Hawk 75 (only A-4, -5, -7, -9 variants, -4, 5, 9 also known as Mohawk IV) [Wright R-1820] (many in 40- war end)
    Brewster Buffalo [Wright R-1820], (various 41-to end of war)
    Boeing P-26 [P&W R-1340], (Philippines 41)
    Polikarpov I-15 [Wright R-1820], (Russian Campaign 41-42)
    Polikarpov I-153[Shvetsov M-62, Wright R-1820 deevelopment], (Russian Campaign 41-43, China -43)
    Polikarpov I-16 [Wright R-1820, Shvetsov M-6263], (Russian campaign 41-?, China -42)
    Type 96 carrier based fighter [Nakajima Kotobuki, Jupiter development], (East Asia 41-42, China -41)
    Army Type 97 fighter [Nakajima Kotobuki, Jupiter development], (China -43, Manchuria 45, East Asia 41-43)

    twin engined
    Bristol Blenheim (IF&IVF variant) [Bristol Mercury], (-41?)
    Fokker G.I [only Bristol Mercury variant], (Western front '40)
     
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    Some models of Grumman Wildcat/Martlet had 9 cylinder Wright R1820s and I would put them No1 in the list.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    Probably my preference is going to Hawk 75
     
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    How are we defining "did better"? I agree that the FM-2 variant of the Wildcat will certainly be up there. But the other contenders will largely depend on the metrics we use to define "better" - Combat ratio? Airframe performance? Operational impact? Duration of front-line use? Mission flexibility? etc etc etc.
     
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    Also, we're missing a few other fighter types from the list - Skua/Roc, NA-50/P-64, Blenheim MkIf/IVf, Fokker G1 (the latter 2 clearly don't count if the intent is only to compare single-engined fighters, but that criteria was explicitly mentioned in the OP).
     
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    did better tell 66% combat ratio (with fighter vs fighter accent) (not claim) 33% operational impact, not a comparation within the 9 cy. engined fighters

    i miss the types in your list, and i just not thinked to twin engined, but the P-64 afaik they not combat in WW2 (i know the NA-50 fight the Ecuador Peru war but it's not WW2, neither related to WW2)
     
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