World War II was one of the bloodiest but also one of the most important conflicts in the modern history. It made the differences of the participating countries known, both Allied and Axis, ultimately agreeing to prevent loss of lives. It still stands as the most expensive war in history. Millions of people have died during this era. The battles have taken place in land, air and sea. But those who controlled the air had a distinct advantage, which is why fighter planes were made. Here is the list of the most powerful and best fighter planes of World War II.
Best Fighter Planes During World War II
1. B-29 Superfortress
The B-29 Superfortress was built by three separate companies. It was built in the U.S., and the Soviet copied the design in their Tupolev Tu-4. The most popular B-29 during WWII was the Enola Gay. The Enola Gay was the B-29 used to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Subsequently, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, the B-29 named Bockscar dropped the second atomic bomb in Nagasaki, ultimately sealing the war.
2. Nakajima B5N
The Nakajima B5N was part of the three Japanese planes that attacked Pearl Harbor. Also, the Nakajima B5N was a part of every victory of the Japanese Imperial Troop in the succeeding years. This fighter plane claimed to have a 90 percent hit rate.
3. Mitsubishi A6M Zero
The Mitsubishi A6M Zero was the plane that made the U.S. enter the War. It was also part of the deadly attacks on Pearl Harbor. It was maneuverable, had an amazing speed and firepower. Likewise, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero was the plane used by the Japanese to carry out their “Kamikaze” attacks in the battle of the Pacific.
4. Messerschmitt Bf 109
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the one causing troubles for the Allied Forces. This plane was used by the German Luftwaffe Forces, and they have remained the masters of the sky until the Allied fought back with the Spitfire. Throughout the War, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was regarded as one of the best fighter planes by both sides. Even after the Second World War, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was used by Israel and Spain.
5. Vought F4U Corsair
The Vought F4U Corsair claimed to have an 11-1 kill ratio. It is also considered around the world as the most successful fighter plane on WWII. Even the Japanese named it “Whistling Death” due to the distinct noise its engine is making.
6. Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire was the pride of Great Britain during the Battle of Britain against the notorious German Luftwaffe troops. It was likewise the plane that fought the V-1 rockets of Germany.
7. Lockheed P-38 Lightning
Two engines mean double the trouble. The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was one of the best fighters of the Allied Forces in WWII. It was known as a dependable long-range escort fighter, as well as a dive bomber, ground strafer and level bomber. The Lockheed P-38 Lightning was also used as a photo reconnaissance plane.
8. P-51 Mustang
The Tuskegee pilots will be remembered for the P-51 Mustang. The pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of the planes red. It earned them the nickname “Red-Tail Angels”. They mostly flew as a bomber escorts over Europe.