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- May 16, 2011
yes, but only as far too say during taxing. but not as a result of take-offs or Landings. as stated above for take-off accidents, landing accidents would obviously
be for a damaged a/c or running out of fuel. combine that with the primative airfields, I don't think to many a/c would fare well.
also, no doubt there were accidents that was the direct result of the landing gear. the angles caused quit a bit of stress and led to landing gear failor.
whether it was more so then other a/c.. hard to say.
If a gear arrangement like the 109's and the Spitfire's was advantageous, more fighters would have had it. Messerschmitt dropped it for the ME309 in 1940. Supermarine dropped the arrangement in 1942 with the Spiteful. Why? Because the advantages of lightweight wings (faster roll rate, simplified wing design, etc.) did not outweigh the disadvantages of handling problems and load bearing problems.