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Why were the planes used in the two theaters of WWII different?

Discussion in 'Theaters of the Second World War' started by Raftar, Feb 21, 2021.

  1. Raftar

    Raftar New Member

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    Hello everyone,,
    I just watched a TV show about WWII, and it talked about the P-51 in Europe and the Hellcat in the Pacific, and the B-17 https://19216801.onl/ https://routerlogin.uno/ in Europe and the B-29 in the Pacific. What made these and other planes more suited for one theater than the other?
     
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    Hello there!! That is a great question. It was never so much about suitability as it was circumstantial. The Pacific Air war was predominantly Naval and Marine Corps aircraft, with USAAF aircraft in some major parts of the CBI, but not a whole lot in the Pacific. The Hellcat served in Europe as well, but with the Fleet Air Arm in a limited capacity. The P-51 also served in both theaters, but not in the Pacific until the end of the war. The B-29 was perfectly suited for the long range bombing in the Pacific, range that the B-17 didn't have. All were great in their own ways, and they became great because of their circumstances and the pilots who flew them.
     
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    Damn, what a coincidence.

    Do you suppose someone thought the responses would change?
     
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    The free market system, in particular the Government contract bidding system.
     

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