I finished posting the Fairey Fulmar Performance thread this morning and
realized I am not sure I totally agree with Captain Brown's "verdict" of this
fighter compared to the C.R.42. It seems like a great idea to post on the
Duel section (thanks to RT) and get everyone's opinion.
Fulmar Versus CR 42 by Captain Eric M. Brown:
"This situation was anomalous in that the biplane's performance was
superior to that of the monoplane. Of course, the biplane was much
more maneuverable. Indeed, it had all the handling assets except
speed in a dive, and so the obvious tactic for the Fulmar was to get a
height advantage over the biplane and, with overtaking speed thus
gained, to bring its heavy armament to bear. The Fulmar could even
pursue the CR 42 round a loop to capitalize on the possibility of
overtaking it sufficiently in the downward part of the maneuver for
firing. I know of actual cases of this happening.
The Cr 42 was so underarmed that its chances of succeeding
against a robust aircraft like the Fulmar were poor. It was, in effect,
always on the defensive, even though the British fighter had no rear-
Verdict: The spritely CR 42 was not easy prey for the somewhat
pedestrian Fulmar, but one short burst of the latter's eight-gun
armament was enough to cause catastrophic damage to the fabric
biplane. Except as a defensive tactic, the CR 42's superior maneuver-
ability was of little avail because of its inadequate armament.
OK then, Jeff