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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 2:03:04 AM   
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It's a good catchphrase for training people not to bleed out energy against Zeroes. And yet, some WW2 vets held the P-40 to be more maneuverable.

http://www.mucheswarbirds.com/Shilling.html

quote:

Shilling's view concerning the merits of the P-40 vs the Zero leaves no doubt as to which he considers the superior aircraft. "If you look up maneuverable in Webster's Dictionary, by all criteria the P-40 was more maneuverable." The aircraft, actually a model H81-A2 similar to the P-40B, had originally been set up for British machine guns. They were shipped to China without armament and U.S. 30 cal. guns were installed by the AVG crews. "The P-40 was faster (354 mph with combat load vs a little over 300 for the Zero), the roll rate at 240-280 mph was 3 times faster and the aircraft could outdive the Zero." In talking with Saburo Sakai, he was told that the Japanese pilots didn't like to dive the airplane at much over 350 mph. Apparently at anything much over that the control surfaces would stiffen and the skin on the wings would wrinkle, causing, as Sakai put it 'the pilot much concern'. "I many times dove to 480 mph. We didn't have any reservations about taking the plane to its red line." Shilling did admit that the Zero had a much smaller turning radius but "we didn't dogfight with them. Why should we when we had the speed advantage?" The AVG used hit-and-run tactics which worked very well, as the numbers show. "We attacked whenever we had the speed advantage. If we got into trouble we would simply dive away."


Shilling also recalls the very phenom that you mention. That dogfighting with a zero wasn't a good idea, and that viral learning led P-40s to adopt other tactics.

http://home.att.net/~C.C.Jordan/Shilling2.html

Of course, Eric Hartmann also said that he avoided turning engagements more generally (same link).

I'm sorry if I came down too hard on you. Yer comment sounded like the sort of Zero advocacy that I've seen before. If it wasn't meant as such my bad.

Anyhow, my notion is that for designing a consim, the quantitative data will matter, and that's what will tell me the degree to which the Zero had any edge over USAAC types during the early war. The anedcotes provided by oral history may tell you how the Allied pilots learned to get through the early part of the war, but they won't tell you what their overall relative attrition rates were.



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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 2:14:48 AM   
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A2A combat is complicated and the version of history that suggests that US pilots had a problem consequence of doctrine or training, or some yet-to-be-realized learning curve thingie that gave the Zero an edge are not, in my view, substantiated by any quantititaive data. The claim's been made. I've never seen anyone back up the claim. The claim might be correct but, again, I'll have more faith in it when the data have been systematically examined.


In my discussions with those who hold this opinion on these boards I have noticed a general difficulty in distinquishing various phases of the war. There seems to be a tendancy by holders of this viewpoint to homoginze the war...sure the US pilots had an excellent performance ratio over the course of the war, but wow did they struggle in the early days. Note emphasis on days, weeks, maybe first couple of months. In my estimation the US pilots had made large strides in learning not to dogfight by mid-year 42. Certianly by the time GC happened pilots had an entirely different set of tactics.

However, to suggest that the allied pilots, UK/US and Dutch were operating with a superior game plan tacitically is just untrue.



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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 2:29:22 AM   
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However, to suggest that the allied pilots, UK/US and Dutch were operating with a superior game plan tacitically is just untrue.


I am inclined to agree with you. But whether they were operating under an inferior game plane, and the degree of inferiority is, to my mind, an unresolved issue.

And I would say that for the USN the game plan was from the get go roughly even, although Chez is correct in noting that some technological issues with some USN F4F gun trays existed (and to my mind warrant a brief "ding" against F4Fs in any consim, that would last perhaps a week or two for any USN VF unit following its first air battle vs any kind of opposition).

One of the things the Zeroes had going for them was a propensity to show up in unexpected places.. a consequence of its vastly superior operational radius.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 2:30:04 AM   
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ORIGINAL: mdiehl

It's a good catchphrase for training people not to bleed out energy against Zeroes. And yet, some WW2 vets held the P-40 to be more maneuverable.

http://www.mucheswarbirds.com/Shilling.html

quote:

Shilling's view concerning the merits of the P-40 vs the Zero leaves no doubt as to which he considers the superior aircraft. "If you look up maneuverable in Webster's Dictionary, by all criteria the P-40 was more maneuverable." The aircraft, actually a model H81-A2 similar to the P-40B, had originally been set up for British machine guns. They were shipped to China without armament and U.S. 30 cal. guns were installed by the AVG crews. "The P-40 was faster (354 mph with combat load vs a little over 300 for the Zero), the roll rate at 240-280 mph was 3 times faster and the aircraft could outdive the Zero." In talking with Saburo Sakai, he was told that the Japanese pilots didn't like to dive the airplane at much over 350 mph. Apparently at anything much over that the control surfaces would stiffen and the skin on the wings would wrinkle, causing, as Sakai put it 'the pilot much concern'. "I many times dove to 480 mph. We didn't have any reservations about taking the plane to its red line." Shilling did admit that the Zero had a much smaller turning radius but "we didn't dogfight with them. Why should we when we had the speed advantage?" The AVG used hit-and-run tactics which worked very well, as the numbers show. "We attacked whenever we had the speed advantage. If we got into trouble we would simply dive away."


Shilling also recalls the very phenom that you mention. That dogfighting with a zero wasn't a good idea, and that viral learning led P-40s to adopt other tactics.

http://home.att.net/~C.C.Jordan/Shilling2.html

Of course, Eric Hartmann also said that he avoided turning engagements more generally (same link).

I'm sorry if I came down too hard on you. Yer comment sounded like the sort of Zero advocacy that I've seen before. If it wasn't meant as such my bad.

Anyhow, my notion is that for designing a consim, the quantitative data will matter, and that's what will tell me the degree to which the Zero had any edge over USAAC types during the early war. The anedcotes provided by oral history may tell you how the Allied pilots learned to get through the early part of the war, but they won't tell you what their overall relative attrition rates were.



I think if you go back and read the rest of my posts , you see that All I have tried to say , since my very first response , is what Von Richoffen , and Boeche said in world war 1. "It's not the crate , it's the pilot". I can't be any plainer. The way you ripped me was not indicative of someone who has been following the post s, but someone who jumped in with both feet when he saw a chance to pontificate on his favorite subject. You won't have to try and put words in my mouth if you go back and read my previous posts . You "were not hard on me because I sounded like a zero advocate". You were rude because you never bothered to read what I or anyone else had written. In the Navy we used to have an abbreviation RTFQ. Talk about "inaccurate and inadequet".

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 2:58:39 AM   
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AW1Steve - don't personalize these things.  You'll find on these boards that there are some very educated, very experienced even, and no less opinionated persons on this board.  They provide a great vehicle for discussion, and some them get a bit "assertive" at times.  You'll find that just like just like in real life, there are the sorts that are the "BB vs. CV" the "Maneuver vs. Frontal" or any of the other historical type of debates.  In truth, there's usually bit of overlap as to who's right or wrong, but given the fact that nobody dies when we win a debate, we have the luxury of squabbaling on for days or, in the case of this games, several years.

Agree to disagree on some things.  Most folks around here are full of BS anyway, some more than others (present company included).

Enjoy the "disucssion".  But, if you're not actually enjoying the ta-de-da, it's not worth raising your blood-pressure over.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 3:08:58 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Feinder

AW1Steve - don't personalize these things.  You'll find on these boards that there are some very educated, very experienced even, and no less opinionated persons on this board.  They provide a great vehicle for discussion, and some them get a bit "assertive" at times.  You'll find that just like just like in real life, there are the sorts that are the "BB vs. CV" the "Maneuver vs. Frontal" or any of the other historical type of debates.  In truth, there's usually bit of overlap as to who's right or wrong, but given the fact that nobody dies when we win a debate, we have the luxury of squabbaling on for days or, in the case of this games, several years.

Agree to disagree on some things.  Most folks around here are full of BS anyway, some more than others (present company included).

Enjoy the "disucssion".  But, if you're not actually enjoying the ta-de-da, it's not worth raising your blood-pressure over.

Regards,
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Great advice , as you have always given me. While I don't understand the "Steakhouse moron" agressive mentality (and reading their web site I understand even less), . When I said that I conceeded , and walked away , I should have stayed away. (At least until I cooled off). Thanks again. And I'll try to to let it get to me or take things (or people) personally.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 3:13:51 AM   
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ORIGINAL: AW1Steve


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ORIGINAL: mdiehl

It's a good catchphrase for training people not to bleed out energy against Zeroes. And yet, some WW2 vets held the P-40 to be more maneuverable.

http://www.mucheswarbirds.com/Shilling.html

quote:

Shilling's view concerning the merits of the P-40 vs the Zero leaves no doubt as to which he considers the superior aircraft. "If you look up maneuverable in Webster's Dictionary, by all criteria the P-40 was more maneuverable." The aircraft, actually a model H81-A2 similar to the P-40B, had originally been set up for British machine guns. They were shipped to China without armament and U.S. 30 cal. guns were installed by the AVG crews. "The P-40 was faster (354 mph with combat load vs a little over 300 for the Zero), the roll rate at 240-280 mph was 3 times faster and the aircraft could outdive the Zero." In talking with Saburo Sakai, he was told that the Japanese pilots didn't like to dive the airplane at much over 350 mph. Apparently at anything much over that the control surfaces would stiffen and the skin on the wings would wrinkle, causing, as Sakai put it 'the pilot much concern'. "I many times dove to 480 mph. We didn't have any reservations about taking the plane to its red line." Shilling did admit that the Zero had a much smaller turning radius but "we didn't dogfight with them. Why should we when we had the speed advantage?" The AVG used hit-and-run tactics which worked very well, as the numbers show. "We attacked whenever we had the speed advantage. If we got into trouble we would simply dive away."


Shilling also recalls the very phenom that you mention. That dogfighting with a zero wasn't a good idea, and that viral learning led P-40s to adopt other tactics.

http://home.att.net/~C.C.Jordan/Shilling2.html

Of course, Eric Hartmann also said that he avoided turning engagements more generally (same link).

I'm sorry if I came down too hard on you. Yer comment sounded like the sort of Zero advocacy that I've seen before. If it wasn't meant as such my bad.

Anyhow, my notion is that for designing a consim, the quantitative data will matter, and that's what will tell me the degree to which the Zero had any edge over USAAC types during the early war. The anedcotes provided by oral history may tell you how the Allied pilots learned to get through the early part of the war, but they won't tell you what their overall relative attrition rates were.



I think if you go back and read the rest of my posts , you see that All I have tried to say , since my very first response , is what Von Richoffen , and Boeche said in world war 1. "It's not the crate , it's the pilot". I can't be any plainer. The way you ripped me was not indicative of someone who has been following the post s, but someone who jumped in with both feet when he saw a chance to pontificate on his favorite subject. You won't have to try and put words in my mouth if you go back and read my previous posts . You "were not hard on me because I sounded like a zero advocate". You were rude because you never bothered to read what I or anyone else had written. In the Navy we used to have an abbreviation RTFQ. Talk about "inaccurate and inadequet".

Steve,
As a poster who has been quiet for quite a long time, let me just add a little perspective to this.
I'm sure Mdiehl meant no offense - he said so above.
But this relates to this game, and hence it's place on this forum. If you follow the link he posted, you will discover that the origin of the emotional debate goes back to the genesis of WitP in it's first form GG's PacWar.
In the posted thread link back in 2000 as PacWar was being developed - there was a discussion going on over how to rate the aircraft in the game and the one-sided exchange rates being developed. It was argued in that link that historical or not it provided game balance. Mdiehl argued (basically a lone voice t the time) that it was not only unhistorical - it was a poor way to develop game balance.

It has carried over into WitP and has been debated ever since. The only solution now is to document as best as can be done what really happened, and take it from there.

Needless to say, over the years this has become a hot topic. The only thing that makes sense now is to calmly do the study that Mdiehl is undertaking and see where it leads.

No subject is too dangerous to look into.

So be of good cheer and let's not go into defensive mode.

[By the way, a relative of mine died in a P-40 over China during the war (his case was waste in as far as it was a mechanical failure at the end of his tour - not combat), and I don't take offense at looking into this topic.]

EDIT: I see Feinder beat me to this - so I don't mean to look like I'm pilling on.

< Message edited by Demosthenes -- 9/18/2007 3:17:53 AM >

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 3:19:36 AM   
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Okay. I conceed. mdiehl is right. I'm sorry.
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ORIGINAL: AW1Steve


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ORIGINAL: mdiehl

It's a good catchphrase for training people not to bleed out energy against Zeroes. And yet, some WW2 vets held the P-40 to be more maneuverable.

http://www.mucheswarbirds.com/Shilling.html

quote:

Shilling's view concerning the merits of the P-40 vs the Zero leaves no doubt as to which he considers the superior aircraft. "If you look up maneuverable in Webster's Dictionary, by all criteria the P-40 was more maneuverable." The aircraft, actually a model H81-A2 similar to the P-40B, had originally been set up for British machine guns. They were shipped to China without armament and U.S. 30 cal. guns were installed by the AVG crews. "The P-40 was faster (354 mph with combat load vs a little over 300 for the Zero), the roll rate at 240-280 mph was 3 times faster and the aircraft could outdive the Zero." In talking with Saburo Sakai, he was told that the Japanese pilots didn't like to dive the airplane at much over 350 mph. Apparently at anything much over that the control surfaces would stiffen and the skin on the wings would wrinkle, causing, as Sakai put it 'the pilot much concern'. "I many times dove to 480 mph. We didn't have any reservations about taking the plane to its red line." Shilling did admit that the Zero had a much smaller turning radius but "we didn't dogfight with them. Why should we when we had the speed advantage?" The AVG used hit-and-run tactics which worked very well, as the numbers show. "We attacked whenever we had the speed advantage. If we got into trouble we would simply dive away."


Shilling also recalls the very phenom that you mention. That dogfighting with a zero wasn't a good idea, and that viral learning led P-40s to adopt other tactics.

http://home.att.net/~C.C.Jordan/Shilling2.html

Of course, Eric Hartmann also said that he avoided turning engagements more generally (same link).

I'm sorry if I came down too hard on you. Yer comment sounded like the sort of Zero advocacy that I've seen before. If it wasn't meant as such my bad.

Anyhow, my notion is that for designing a consim, the quantitative data will matter, and that's what will tell me the degree to which the Zero had any edge over USAAC types during the early war. The anedcotes provided by oral history may tell you how the Allied pilots learned to get through the early part of the war, but they won't tell you what their overall relative attrition rates were.



I think if you go back and read the rest of my posts , you see that All I have tried to say , since my very first response , is what Von Richoffen , and Boeche said in world war 1. "It's not the crate , it's the pilot". I can't be any plainer. The way you ripped me was not indicative of someone who has been following the post s, but someone who jumped in with both feet when he saw a chance to pontificate on his favorite subject. You won't have to try and put words in my mouth if you go back and read my previous posts . You "were not hard on me because I sounded like a zero advocate". You were rude because you never bothered to read what I or anyone else had written. In the Navy we used to have an abbreviation RTFQ. Talk about "inaccurate and inadequet".

Steve,
As a poster who has been quiet for quite a long time, let me just add a little perspective to this.
I'm sure Mdiehl meant no offense - he said so above.
But this relates to this game, and hence it's place on this forum. If you follow the link he posted, you will discover that the origin of the emotional debate goes back to the genesis of WitP in it's first form GG's PacWar.
In the posted thread link back in 2000 as PacWar was being developed - there was a discussion going on over how to rate the aircraft in the game and the one-sided exchange rates being developed. It was argued in that link that historical or not it provided game balance. Mdiehl argued (basically a lone voice t the time) that it was not only unhistorical - it was a poor way to develop game balance.

It has carried over into WitP and has been debated ever since. The only solution now is to document as best as can be done what really happened, and take it from there.

Needless to say, over the years this has become a hot topic. The only thing that makes sense now is to calmly do the study that Mdiehl is undertaking and see where it leads.

No subject is too dangerous to look into.

So be of good cheer and let's not go into defensive mode.

[By the way, a relative of mine died in a P-40 over China during the war (his case was waste in as far as it was a mechanical failure at the end of his tour - not combat), and I don't take offense at looking into this topic.]


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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 3:26:56 AM   
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I think if you go back and read the rest of my posts , you see that All I have tried to say , since my very first response , is what Von Richoffen , and Boeche said in world war 1. "It's not the crate , it's the pilot". I can't be any plainer. The way you ripped me was not indicative of someone who has been following the post s, but someone who jumped in with both feet when he saw a chance to pontificate on his favorite subject. You won't have to try and put words in my mouth if you go back and read my previous posts . You "were not hard on me because I sounded like a zero advocate". You were rude because you never bothered to read what I or anyone else had written. In the Navy we used to have an abbreviation RTFQ. Talk about "inaccurate and inadequet".



Steve. I think you are being a bit thin-skinned here. Some mis-understanding over who made what point or said this or that is inevitable in a multiple entry forum like this. Mdiehl has stated, as I did, that no disrespect was intended. He was just offering an opposing point of view, based on statistics he had gathered that showed no great one-sidedness in air-to-air results. If the Japanese were superior pilots in superior aircraft, then the results should be demonstrably one-sided. If the results come out pretty equal, then there is a need to re-think the assumption.

I for one don't give as much credence to the great superiority of Japanese fighter pilots as many do. Yes, they had a great deal of experiance---against the Chinese Air Farce. Hardly a first class opponant. Then they jumped the unready and poorly equipped Allied "second string" in Malaya and the DEI. The only "first line" opposition they faced in the opening moves of the War was the Americans, and when MacArthur and Bereton "screwed the pooch" on the opening day and got most of their A/C taken out on the ground, that became a rather one-sided fight as well. The AVG was the only first-class opposition they faced in the opening few months, and they didn't do very well against it.

Mdiehl did some serious statistical analysis on the results when both sides were ready for a fight..., basically in the SW Pacific from May of 1942 to the end of the year. And it showed no clear advantage to either side (the US came out a bit ahead, but the Japanese were flying extended range ops in the Solomons which made their task more difficult). We are not trying to "put you down". Just pointing out that when you "crunch the numbers", you don't get the result you were predicting.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 3:35:07 AM   
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There was a series of books documenting the air war between the Luftwaffe and the Red Air Force during WWII. The name escapes me but I believe they are out of print and rather pricey IIRC. Anyone know?


Black Cross vs Red Star series I believe you're referring too.....yup pricey and i've never managed to get my hands on them.


I have several leads on the volumes....though I'll forgo the seller that wants $980.00 for a Vol I original. It'll have to wait anyway. Having finished my studies in the Pacific and Burma, I want to return to the Med as the JG-26 bucked my ongoing theory a bit so Shores' Malta volumes are next. Nomanhan gave me a sample of Soviet air combat for the time being anyway unless i find a realllly good deal.

One point of confusion though. There are three volumes of BC vs. RS that i've found but there also seems to be a newer book that is all contained and in one volume....an abridged "light" version I take it? and it's still in print.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 4:18:27 AM   
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Okay. I conceed. mdiehl is right. I'm sorry.

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I think if you go back and read the rest of my posts , you see that All I have tried to say , since my very first response , is what Von Richoffen , and Boeche said in world war 1. "It's not the crate , it's the pilot". I can't be any plainer. The way you ripped me was not indicative of someone who has been following the post s, but someone who jumped in with both feet when he saw a chance to pontificate on his favorite subject. You won't have to try and put words in my mouth if you go back and read my previous posts . You "were not hard on me because I sounded like a zero advocate". You were rude because you never bothered to read what I or anyone else had written. In the Navy we used to have an abbreviation RTFQ. Talk about "inaccurate and inadequet".



Steve. I think you are being a bit thin-skinned here. Some mis-understanding over who made what point or said this or that is inevitable in a multiple entry forum like this. Mdiehl has stated, as I did, that no disrespect was intended. He was just offering an opposing point of view, based on statistics he had gathered that showed no great one-sidedness in air-to-air results. If the Japanese were superior pilots in superior aircraft, then the results should be demonstrably one-sided. If the results come out pretty equal, then there is a need to re-think the assumption.

I for one don't give as much credence to the great superiority of Japanese fighter pilots as many do. Yes, they had a great deal of experiance---against the Chinese Air Farce. Hardly a first class opponant. Then they jumped the unready and poorly equipped Allied "second string" in Malaya and the DEI. The only "first line" opposition they faced in the opening moves of the War was the Americans, and when MacArthur and Bereton "screwed the pooch" on the opening day and got most of their A/C taken out on the ground, that became a rather one-sided fight as well. The AVG was the only first-class opposition they faced in the opening few months, and they didn't do very well against it.

Mdiehl did some serious statistical analysis on the results when both sides were ready for a fight..., basically in the SW Pacific from May of 1942 to the end of the year. And it showed no clear advantage to either side (the US came out a bit ahead, but the Japanese were flying extended range ops in the Solomons which made their task more difficult). We are not trying to "put you down". Just pointing out that when you "crunch the numbers", you don't get the result you were predicting.



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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 4:31:48 AM   
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No, he's saying that the AVG never engaged the Zeros... I'm not sure that USN F2As ever engaged Zeros either...

Ah , now I understand. Yes the USMC F2a's had the misfortune to meet them at Midway. I had thought that the the British Buff's had encountered Zero's when the KB attacked the Indian ocean forces.


They did, over Malaya but only on a few occasions. (operations against Singapore for example) For the most part though, the "Type 0's" reported were in reality Ki-43's.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 4:37:28 AM   
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This is true...excpet perhaps actually engaging the zeros.

To settle the debate they actaully had a mock dogfight. A pilot from the RAF and AVG each was selected and they took off from the same airfield (at Mandalay IIRC) and engaged in several mock dogfights. The P-40 thoroughly trounced the Buff.

This happened very early on in the war....I'm not sure in retrospect it was a very good idea. It can't have done much for the confidence of the RAF pilots in their plane. Pointing out their vulnerability would not necessarily have helped the pilots unless you could teach them tactics to overcome them.


Well to be fair, the "mock fight" might also be used to support the "pilot" not the "crate" theory too, given that Chennault put who he thought was his "hottest" pilot at the time in the P40 (Schilling) while the British sent a senior air pilot to fly the Buffalo who 67 Squadron member Vic Bargh described as "not very skilled."

It was Chennault's intention (per Ford) to give his fledgling pilots a confidence boost so he stacked the deck in his favor, aided by the British tendancy to adhere to protocol. (i.e. "Seniority")




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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 4:40:35 AM   
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There was a series of books documenting the air war between the Luftwaffe and the Red Air Force during WWII. The name escapes me but I believe they are out of print and rather pricey IIRC. Anyone know?


Black Cross vs Red Star series I believe you're referring too.....yup pricey and i've never managed to get my hands on them.


I have several leads on the volumes....though I'll forgo the seller that wants $980.00 for a Vol I original. It'll have to wait anyway. Having finished my studies in the Pacific and Burma, I want to return to the Med as the JG-26 bucked my ongoing theory a bit so Shores' Malta volumes are next. Nomanhan gave me a sample of Soviet air combat for the time being anyway unless i find a realllly good deal.

One point of confusion though. There are three volumes of BC vs. RS that i've found but there also seems to be a newer book that is all contained and in one volume....an abridged "light" version I take it? and it's still in print.


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Was BCvRS written by Christer Bergstromm?

If so he has a website which could lead you to the info

http://www.bergstrombooks.elknet.pl

You should contact him, he's as full of BS as the rest of us and would feel at home on this forum.

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Nik,

Was BCvRS written by Christer Bergstromm?

If so he has a website which could lead you to the info

http://www.bergstrombooks.elknet.pl

You should contact him, he's as full of BS as the rest of us and would feel at home on this forum.



Yes. C. Bergstrom. You've read the books then? What makes you say he's full of the stuff or am I missing an obvious Aussie joke again....(Drongo did that to me all the time ) Only have read good things about him so far but have no experience as with Shores and other authors so that and the price has made me a tad leary.


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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent me a PM . I appreciate the advice and kind words. I apologise for taking anything or anyone out of context. I'm sorry for taking offense where apparently none was given. And I regret any annoyance , unpleasantness ,discomfort or bad feelings that I have cause on this thread. Sorry. I'll try not to let it happen again.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 6:30:36 AM   
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Nik,

Was BCvRS written by Christer Bergstromm?

If so he has a website which could lead you to the info

http://www.bergstrombooks.elknet.pl

You should contact him, he's as full of BS as the rest of us and would feel at home on this forum.



Yes. C. Bergstrom. You've read the books then? What makes you say he's full of the stuff or am I missing an obvious Aussie joke again....(Drongo did that to me all the time ) Only have read good things about him so far but have no experience as with Shores and other authors so that and the price has made me a tad leary.



Gday Nik,

I havent read them all, had a bit of a battle via the net with Christer.

He has his strongly held opinions, just as all of us, and it would take a bulldozer to shift him.

I cant comment on the accuracy of his books, they go into an area where I have no access to query them.

At USD$70 for vol3 I would say a bit pricy, but are there any other books to get?


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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 6:54:20 AM   
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There are a small number, but every recommendation i've asked for has had me pointed in BC/RS's direction. The descriptions and reviews of the series also seem to support going with them for a serious study in nausiating detail.

thx for the info though.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/18/2007 7:05:06 AM   
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 I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent me a PM . I appreciate the advice and kind words. I apologise for taking anything or anyone out of context. I'm sorry for taking offense where apparently none was given. And I regret any annoyance , unpleasantness ,discomfort or bad feelings that I have cause on this thread. Sorry. I'll try not to let it happen again.



Welcome to the club. I think most of us have had to make that statement at least once. The forum allows us to talk about things we are passionate about..., and sometimes we get more "heated" than we mean to be. Keep speaking your mind and sharing your ideas. Sometimes they'll get "shot down"..., sometimes you'll find kindred spirits and support. And every so often everyone will go "Huh?".

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"Oh yea the AVG thought they were slighted because they did not get the Buffalos until Rangoon."


I'm not sure that I understand this comment. When did the AVG get Buffalos? Are you saying that they wanted Buffalos and were upset at getting P40s instead?


They did not get Buffalos but thought the Buffalos were better than the P-40 until Rangoon, where they saw the RAF Buffalos slaughtered by the Japanese fighters.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/19/2007 12:11:46 AM   
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Cobra is useless in the game. Even buffalos are better than them. This may sound strange, but it's a fact. Against zero, they both have no chance, but P-39 perform bad even against unescorted D3A or B5N, while at least Brewster 339 is deadly in such case.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/19/2007 12:29:02 AM   
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but P-39 perform bad even against unescorted D3A or B5N, while at least Brewster 339 is deadly in such case.



Evidence???? Not in my books in the 100's of AAR's i've seen of this.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/19/2007 12:29:22 AM   
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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/19/2007 12:34:59 AM   
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 I would post a screen shot later. My dutch brewster shoot down almost 100 Jap AC, most of them carrier bombers, I think. My opponent make error by using only a dozen zero on escort, which was destroyed by P-40, and then the massacre began. In china, PI aircobra engage unescorted obsolete dive bombers, with disappointing result, in my opinion they are much worse than chinese I-16 .

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/19/2007 12:38:12 AM   
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I've generally found non-fatigued P39's are very effective against enemy bombers. Their cannon armament makes short work of the flimsy Japanese airframes. I'd be intrigued to see your results on this one. Sure if it's an isolated incident or with say 20 P39's that are fatigued and with rookie pilots then that's a bit different.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/19/2007 12:39:22 AM   
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Some planes are poor against fighter, but relatively deadly to unescorted bombers. But there are several Fighters or FB cannot shot down anything, most notabaly wirraway, I think with their 37 mm cannon cobra should be better, but it's not. Perhaps 37mm not too accurate, but they still have their .5 nose MG.....

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Sorry perhaps it's because of CHS. But I never impressed by aircobra anyway. And PI pilots not too good, but dutch exp also rather low.

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Some planes are poor against fighter, but relatively deadly to unescorted bombers. But there are several Fighters or FB cannot shot down anything, most notabaly wirraway, I think with their 37 mm cannon cobra should be better, but it's not. Perhaps 37mm not too accurate, but they still have their .5 nose MG.....

In game terms I have seen P-39s destroy outright unescorted bombers. If a P-39 can catch a bomber (i.e. the bombers aren't flying high altitude) they are very effective. I once watched 24 P-39s shoot down 48 exploding cigars.

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RE: P-39 vs. P-40... - 9/19/2007 12:46:54 AM   
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Sorry perhaps it's because of CHS. But I never impressed by aircobra anyway. And PI pilots not too good, but dutch exp also rather low.

In game terms any unit can become quite experienced. I have had some Dutch pilots survive to get well into the 70s. If you have used your Dutch units excessively their exp can be quite high.

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