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Poll: Which was best nightfighter in WW2 (29 member(s) have cast votes)

Which was best nightfighter in WW2

  1. de Havilland Mosquito NF30 (16 votes [55.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.17%

  2. Heinkel He 219 Uhu (1 votes [3.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.45%

  3. Northrop P-61 A/B Black Widow (7 votes [24.14%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.14%

  4. Messerschmitt Me 110 (2 votes [6.90%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.90%

  5. Lockheed P-38M Lightning (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Other (3 votes [10.34%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.34%

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#1 Wuzak

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 05:16 AM

We have discussed this question several times before, such as in http://warbirdsforum...read.php?t=1451, so I thought it would be a good topic for a poll...

The nominations for the best NF of WW2:

1. de Havilland Mosquito NF30
2. Heinkel He219 UHU
3. Northrop P-61A/B Black Widow
4. Messerschmitt Me110
5. Lockheed P-38M Lightning
6. Other

#2 Kutscha

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 08:58 AM

I don't know why you put those other a/c in the list Wuzak after the Mossie? ;) ;)

For 'other', there is the Ju88.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 12:57 PM

Can open, worms everywhere...

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:32 PM

Wow, deja-vu

Anyhows, I cant see further than the mossie.

The Me110 can be discounted straight off, if only for the reason that it was'nt even as good as the Ju88. The lightning goes because single-seat at night is less than multiple-seat.

From what i remember the black widow version that had it all was the 'c' version?, and it aint on the list.

Finally, the contentious one. The Uhu would be a strong contender had it performed anywhere near it's 'claimed' specs..but that's been done to death on previous threads..

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 04:47 PM

The P-38M was a two seat version, although extremely cramped.

Personally I'd have to go with the Mosquito given the poorer airframe and radar performance of the He 219.

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 08:35 PM

Mossie vs. Black Widow, there was something like this 60 years ago ;)

"On 5th July both aircraft duly went through their "demos", with their respective pilots adopting a "balls to the wall" attitude. As every member of the 422nd had predicted, the P-61 excelled in every facet of the test - it was faster at 5.000, 10.000 and 20.000 ft, out-turned the Mosquito at every altitude by a considerable margin and far surpassed it in rate of climb."


Additional considering the armament, that´s defenitly one big "yeah" for the Black Widow :)

#7 Kutscha

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Posted 26 November 2008 - 09:07 PM

Only problem with that 'demo' Che was it was a combat veteran Mossie II vs the P-61. If it had been vs the latest Mossie, the NF30, we would see different results, in favour of the Mossie.

Osprey has a nice couple of book, Combat A/C, on the Mossie NF and the P-61.

#8 Wuzak

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 02:55 AM

Wow, deja-vu
From what i remember the black widow version that had it all was the 'c' version?, and it aint on the list.


I excluded the P-61C because it did not see service during WW2. The P-61C had the turbocharged version of the R-2800, which enabled the power to be maintained at a much higher altitude and have much higher performance.

The P-61A & B both did see some service in WW2. They used a two stage two speed supercharged R-2800 - the same as in the Hellcat IIRC. Or was it the Corsair?

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 02:56 AM

The P-38M was a two seat version, although extremely cramped.

Personally I'd have to go with the Mosquito given the poorer airframe and radar performance of the He 219.


We should get at least one vote for the P-38M! ;)

#10 Kutscha

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 04:47 PM

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