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Guns and Pensions

para_dimz Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 11:47 AM
Our small arms were among the best in the world; Garand, Ma Deuce, M1911, BAR, water cooled .30 caliber machine gun. Our bombers were the best; B-17, B-25, A-20, SBD. Our carriers were the best. All on December7,1941. We did have a bad tank and a bad torpedo and torpedo bomber.
Dick 2992 Wrote: Feb 21, 2013 12:40 AM
Don't know where you gathered your facts and conclusions but they don't match what I was taught and observed during a twenty year career, The Zero, though not as heavily armed, could and did fly circles around anything we had. The only "superior" plane that was better than anything we had was the German ME262. It's late entrance into the war and Germany's lack of production facilities, negated its impact.
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