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Grumman F4F Wildcat

Thu Dec 22, 2005 8:30 pm

When the Wildcat was used by the British, was the aircraft in combat against the ME 109?
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RE: Grumman F4F Wildcat

Thu Dec 22, 2005 10:00 pm

Most probably yes. Quote: Thirty British F4F-3As 'were despatched to Greece in March 1941, but taken over by the Fleet Air Arm after the defeat of Greece and used as Martlet IIIs in North Africa.'

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RE: Grumman F4F Wildcat

Thu Dec 22, 2005 11:17 pm

It was used to replace the Fairey Fulmar, and added to the Sea Hurricane on British aircraft carriers. It had a reported 19:1 kill ratio, but it mostly faced bombers and lesser capable aircraft. Pilots were well aware that if the Martlet faced the FW190 it would be at a disadvantage in most aspects.

The Martlet also did rather well against submarines, with it's 6 .50 cals.
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