That's to say that the pilots used different throttle settings according to their tasking.
Your earlier posts about '65% this' or '75% that' are plucked from the air. They were nonsense numbers that make no sense.
As to what throttle setting a particular fighter pilot would use at a particular point in his sweep? Don't guesstimate it, 'ask' them. Many accounts given by the fighter pilots we're discussing, or their biographers, deal specifically with combat settings.
Edgar mentioned BoB RAF aircraft using maximum throttle throughout their sortie. Some Luftwaffe fighters did the same over Germany. Likewise, P-38s made long range sweeps over the vast distances of the Pacific at very small throttle settings. None of the three used an arbitrary 10% less when over enemy territory. Generally, when they approached the greatest threat- the Lightnings target, say- they advanced to full throttle.
The defending fighter- also at full throttle- wouldn't be able to take advantage of the part throttle approach of his foe, that part of the flight profile would be over before they met.
Your oft repeated assertion that "most pilots didn't see who shot them down" isn't quite the same as 'being unaware of the possibility of attack'.
Quite the reverse, most aircraft shot down in WW2 combat were lost in fully developed combat- dogfights.
Being shot down from ambush- 'bounced'- was rare enough to warrant specific comment in most wartime pilots autobiographies.
I appreciate your memory may not be what it once was, Stewart. That's fine, really. Just do a wee check that what you're about to post is correct.
You're in front of a computer. Just google the subject. Eg, Wikipedia isn't quite as knowledgeable as specialist reference books or expert opinion, but it's a great tool for checking that the broad thrust of your argument is correct.
I'm not trying to lecture you mate, just offer a wee bit of friendly advice? Sorry if it sounds a bit patronising.
Edited by Flo, 09 May 2012 - 11:03 AM.
pompous a*se disclaimer!