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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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#11 Wuzak

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 10:00 PM

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#12 Wuzak

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 10:00 PM

Still no votes for teh Black Widow?

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 10:16 PM

In any poll like this - it's up each to define (when it isn't given) their own version of 'best'!

Just as it is strange that the Ju 88C is not included, it could be said that the Beaufighter night-fighter should be listed, for both defending Britain's skies at night and acting as an intruder over the continent.

The He219 could've been the best German night-fighter, but not enough saw service long enough for anyone to know.

So for voting purposes I stick with the Mossie - for its length of supremacy as a nightfighter. The Black widow may have been better in some circumstances, but I doubt if any served in the RAF, while many Mossies served with the USAAF!

#14 Wuzak

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Posted 28 November 2008 - 01:08 AM

Just as it is strange that the Ju 88C is not included, it could be said that the Beaufighter night-fighter should be listed, for both defending Britain's skies at night and acting as an intruder over the continent.


Sorry. Those are oversights, and why I added the other option.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 05:14 PM

The Northrup-built P-61 "Black Widow" without question.

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Posted 31 May 2009 - 10:36 AM

On total kills I guess this would be the Ju88, but I read John Cunningham's book about the Mossie and the quantum leap it was from the Beaufighter.

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 03:18 PM

Hi All,

My pick: P-61. It was purpose built, had first-rate electronics, very good performance, and tremendous firepower. It also saw considerable service in the ETO, MTO, and PTO, so its qualities were successfully put to the test.

My second choice is the Mosquito. It was very effective in this role, thereby again demonstrating the type's fantastic versatility.

I would probably have picked either the He119 or the P-38M as my top choices (not sure of which would be first and second), but neither saw enough service to have verified its promise--in fact, the "Night Lightning" probably never saw actual combat.

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Changed by edit: correcting "He119" to "He219" as called to attention by Kutscha. I plead typo.

Edited by Lightning, 04 June 2009 - 01:43 PM.


#18 Kutscha

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Posted 02 June 2009 - 04:11 PM

Hi All,
I would probably have picked either the He119 or the P-38M as my top choices (not sure of which would be first and second), but neither saw enough service to have verified its promise--in fact, the "Night Lightning" probably never saw actual combat.

Regards,
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He 119????

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Must mean the He219.

#19 Lightning

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 01:34 PM

He 119????

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Must mean the He219.


Quite right. Make that "219." (Original changed by edit.)

Edited by Lightning, 04 June 2009 - 01:45 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2009 - 12:44 PM

[quote name='merlin'] It could be said that the Beaufighter night-fighter should be listed, for both defending Britain's skies at night and acting as an intruder over the continent.QUOTE]

I second this!!

Regards
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