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  1. (G/C) Lionel Mandrake

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    most missions? I think there are two aircraft in contention. But what aircraft ?
     
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    That's kind of vague. If you think about it, bomber missions were longer in duration so there were probably fewer missions. Fighters and attack aircraft typically had shorter range (although that varied wildly) so they would have fewer hours but more missions. Also are you talking about WWII only, or WWII and beyond?
     
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    Off topic,
    Ok, point taken. I'm rather new here remember. :oops:
    On topic,
    Well, lets say WW2 bombing missions for starters.
     
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    No worries, Lionel. The question seemed a bit vague and I was just trying to get a clarification. 8)
     
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    Group Captain, if you please!...And stand up straight when you address me.... :lol:
     
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    Aye, sir!! :salute:
    And to reply to your question, I haven't got a clue sir!! :salute:
     
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    In the ETO

    P-38 = 130,000 sorties
    P-51 = 214,000
    P-47 = 404,000?

    I'll try to confirm those if I can remember where I picked them up at.

    The PTO is harder because records destruction was not uncommon.

    If I were to guess though it would be the bf-109 with 36,000 +/- built and multiple sorties/day for most of the war. part of this is determined by planes produced/available ie.

    P-38s 10,000+/- over the duration of the war used simultaniously in all theaters (except Russian),

    P-51 15,000+ built from 43-45 Primarily used in the ETO. Started spreading out in late 44

    P-47 16,000+ built 42-45 primarily used in the ETO but spread out earlier than the P-51.

    bf-109 36,000+ from 37 to 45 primarily ETO but also MTO.

    Spitfire 22,000+ from 39 to 47? (I saw these numbers in an Airforce Identification book I had in the 70's. I'd die for it now 3D pics. and up to date official specs. Priceless) PTO, ETO, MTO.

    I think only 4 fighters were built the entire war P-38, bf-109, Spitfire and Zero.
     
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    Well, I reckon it must be the legendary DH Mosquito [naturally], but I'll have to go and check that out.....as there was only 7,781 of them made, and since May '43, the Benson-based PR's and 8th AF F-8's did 3,000 sorties alone by the year's end....even though PR's, they had a bomb-bay and were doing it FOR the bombers...... :lol:
     

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    Lighten up Cappy. You happen to be addressing a Colonel.
     
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    Who's just been promoted to Lt. General! Sir!! :salute:
     
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    Hold on! I'm a Lt. General too! In that case, evan... :thebirdman:

    Kidding, kidding! :lol:
    Sorry, back on topic! What was the topic? :oops:
     
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  14. (G/C) Lionel Mandrake

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    What about this beauty my friend. :shock:

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    Not many 'milk runs' neither. Btw, this mossie went on to complete 213 missions...I think there is an American aircraft with somthing similar...Hence the question. Again, i'm sorry for being a bit vague.

    Picture credit from
    http://www.mossie.org/Mosquito.html
     
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    213 is alot of missions for any single aircraft. Either serious luck or divine intervention, or both was involved. Several American bomber aircraft were sent home after surviving x number of missions for war bonds drives, like the "Memphis Belle" after 25 and "Squawkin Hawk" after 50. I would think it was most likely a B-17, but I could be wrong. So far, the highest total on a B-17 I have found on a quick look at my files shows B-17G 42-31909 "Nine O Nine" fuselage code OR-R (91st BG, 323rd BS) based at Bassingbourn. It flew 140 missions, and interestingly, never lost a crew member. I will keep digging, I think there was a higher mission count B-17, but the highest may not be a B-17.
     
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    Not anymore matey ;)



    The IL2 had 36,000+ built, perhaps thats in for contention?
     
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    It's still unclear unclear whether it is most missions for a single aircraft of a type or the type as a whole.
     
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    he's got allot to answer for..............
     
  19. (G/C) Lionel Mandrake

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    evangilder, your a difficult one aren't you ;)
    So to rephrase the question again
    Which individual aircraft completed the most bombing missions of WW2? As i said before i think there are two in the frame. One is the above Mosquito, but the other is.........?
     
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    Med, R5868 isn't the highest scoring lanc, it's in third according to a very reliable source:-

    Serial No.: ED888
    Total Op's: 139
    Nick Name : None Traced
    Service History: 103 Sqn PM-M, PM-M2, 576 Sqn UL-V2, UL-M2, 103 Sqn PM-?, 10 MU
    Fate: Survived the war Scrapped 8 January 1947

    Serial No.: LM274
    Total Op's: 138
    Nick Name : None Traced
    Service History: 61 Sqn QR-F
    Fate: Survived the war Scrapped 16 April 1946

    Serial No.: R5868
    Total Op's: 136
    Nick Name : Devils of the Air
    Service History: 83 Sqn OL-Q, 467 Sqn PO-S
    Fate: On public display at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, England

    source- www.lancasterarchive.com
     
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