I was wondering lately - we often talk about the aircraft that served throughout the war (109, Spitfire, Wellington to name a few) but I got to wondering how many aircraft served in multiple theatres? Did any serve in all theatres? And was the cross-over successful?
So I would define the theatres as:
ETO (European Theatre of Operations - includes the Med)
PTO (Pacific Theatre of Operations)
CBI (China Burma India)
Now obviously all German Aircraft served in 2 theatres - ETO and Eastern Front
Soviet Aircraft served in Eastern Front, and some arguably in PTO or CBI (the invasion of Manchuria)
British & Commonwealth and American aircraft were a little wider-ranging.
P-47s were in ETO, PTO and CBI, and some were sent to the Soviets (not sure how well used)
Spitfires were in ETO, PTO and CBI, and some were sent to the Soviets (not very well used)
Older aircraft like the P-40 and Hurricane were everywhere...
Mind you, the overall winner is the Dakota - not only did it serve everywwhere the Western Allies served it qwas copied by the Sovits and Japanese!