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#1 Ricky

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 06:29 AM

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)

Eastern Front

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!



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Posted 23 January 2017 - 08:57 AM

B-25's were used in every theatre.
I think the A-20/ DB-7 is a contender also.

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 02:45 PM

DC-3s were licensed built by the Japanese (L2D) and Soviets (Li-2).

 

P-39/P-400 tho didn't last long in the ETO.

 

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 09:48 PM

The PBY Catalina might have been used in every theatre (considering the Barent Sea as the outskirt of the eastern front).

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 01:02 AM

The Soviets not only had Catalinas, they licence built them.

 

"The Soviet Union purchased three Model 28-2 cargo-mail boats, along with a license to build them in Russia. One boat was delivered complete, and the other two in sub-assemblies or parts for completion there. The first was begun on 29 March 1937, completed in December 1937, and the price included $623,015 for the aircraft, spares, and license, and $1,141,403 for tools. A party of 18 company engineers were sent in 1938 to help set up the factory in Taganrog, on the Sea of Azov. The plant turned out Soviet PBY's (GST) before being overrun by the Germans in October 1941.

The distinctive feature of the PBY's for Russia was their power plant Wright R-1820-G3 Cyclones rated at 840 hp at 8,700 feet. These were the only PBY's not using twin-row Pratt & Whitney engines. Single-row Cyclones were probably the Soviet choice because this engine was already in Russian production as the M-62. While the bow turret on the first PBY for Russia was replaced by a cargo hatch, the Soviet-built versions had a front gun turret of their own design, and enclosed cold-weather cowls. Later the 950 hp M-87 was used, and claimed to raise top speed to 204 mph."


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 01:53 AM

Don't forget the Spitfire, it served in Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic (Sea Fire), the CBI, the pacific, and the Eastern Front with Russia, the Hurricane also served in all of these except the Pacific.



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Posted 24 January 2017 - 08:56 AM

the Hurricane also served in all of these except the Pacific.


There was a handfull of Hurricanes in The Dutch East Indies at the beginning of the hostilities.

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Posted 24 January 2017 - 02:35 PM

51 crated Hurricanes arrived to assist the defence of Singapore on 13 Jan. By 17th some were ready for combat.

On 11 Feb three Hurricanes and one Buffalo flew out of Singapore, the last fighter planes there.

"Bloody Shambles" indeed!



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Posted 24 January 2017 - 03:21 PM

Dornier Do24, ETO and PTO for sure, not 100% of CBI.

 

Short Sunderland perhaps?


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Posted 24 January 2017 - 03:41 PM

Am I remembering correctly that some western allied aircraft flew anti-submarine patrols from Russia to cover the convoys? Or was that in a fiction book...




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