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Only Total WW2 Plane Nerds Should Even Try This Quiz

If you reckon you can tell a Mitsubishi Zero from a Focke Wulf 190 BY ITS SILHOUETTE ALONE, please by all means have a go.

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  1. 1. Nice easy one to start. What plane is this?

    Bristol Beaufighter
    Supermarine Spitfire
    De Havilland Hornet
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is, of course, the beautiful, iconic Supermarine Spitfire.

    Most famous for its role in the Battle of Britain, but the Spitfire flew throughout the war.

    It is, of course, the beautiful, iconic Supermarine Spitfire.
    Via Chowells / Wikimedia Commons
  2. 2. What plane is this?

    Hawker Hurricane
    Hawker Tempest
    Hawker Typhoon
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is the Hawker Hurricane.

    Not as glamorous as the Spitfire, but it was the real workhorse of the Battle of Britain.

    It is the Hawker Hurricane.
    Via Arpingstone / Wikimedia Commons
  3. 3. What plane is this?

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-29 Superfortress
    B-24 Liberator
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the B-17 Flying Fortress.

    If you've seen the film Memphis Belle, this is the plane that Sean Astin ended up hanging out of the bottom of.

    It's the B-17 Flying Fortress.
    Via USAF
  4. 4. What plane is this?

    Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3
    Messerschmitt Bf 109
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the Bf-109.

    The mainstay of the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain and beyond.

  5. 5. What plane is this?

    Handley Page Halifax
    Avro Lancaster
    Vickers Wellington
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the Avro Lancaster.

    Most famous as the aircraft of 617 Squadron, the "Dam Busters".

    It's the Avro Lancaster.
  6. 6. What plane is this?

    Messerschmitt Bf 110
    Junkers Ju 88
    Lockheed P-38 Lightning
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is the P-38 Lightning.

    Easily recognisable with the distinctive twin-boom design. It had several roles, including long-range escort fighter, dive bomber, and fighter-bomber.

    It is the P-38 Lightning.
    Via USAF
  7. 7. What plane is this?

    Bristol Beaufighter
    Northrop P-61 Black Widow
    De Havilland Mosquito
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is the outrageously beautiful Mosquito, flown by the RAF and many other Allied air forces.

    It was made almost entirely out of wood, since metal was hard to come by, but was one of the most versatile and effective heavy fighters of the war.

    It is the outrageously beautiful Mosquito, flown by the RAF and many other Allied air forces.
    Via Canadian Forces / Wikimedia Commons
  8. 8. What plane is this?

    Hawker Tornado
    Hawker Typhoon
    Hawker Tempest
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is the Hawker Typhoon.

    It was designed as a high-altitude interceptor, but never really worked in that role. It became hugely successful as a low-altitude fighter and ground-attack aircraft.

    It is the Hawker Typhoon.
    Via Imperial War Museum
  9. 9. What plane is this?

    North American P-51 Mustang
    Grumman F6F Hellcat
    Vought F4U Corsair
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the P-51.

    It was an American-built, but commissioned and first flown by the RAF in the years before the US joined the war. It remained in service with the USAAF until after the Korean war.

    It's the P-51.
    Via USAAF
  10. 10. What plane is this?

    Heinkel He-112
    Focke Wulf Fw-190
    Grumman F4F Wildcat
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It is the Fw-190.

    It was highly feared by Allied pilots for its speed and heavy armament after it came into service in 1941.

    It is the Fw-190.
    Via Imperial War Museum
  11. 11. What plane is this?

    Lockheed Ventura
    B-26 Marauder
    B-25 Mitchell
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the B-25.

    It's the plane flown by Yossarian – or, technically, the plane in which Yossarian was the bomb-aimer – in Catch-22.

    It's the B-25.
  12. 12. What plane is this?

    Yakovlev Yak-9
    Misubishi A6M "Zero"
    Mitsubishi J2M "Jack"
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the A6M, known by its pilots as the "Zero".

    It was a fearsome, unmatched fighter in the Pacific theatre in the first years after Pearl Harbour, but it became outdated as the US introduced new aircraft. Later in the war it was used in kamikaze missions.

    It's the A6M, known by its pilots as the "Zero".
    Via Kogo / Wikimedia Commons
  13. 13. What plane is this?

    Junkers Ju 87
    Junkers Ju 88
    Junkers Ju 86
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the Ju-87, better known as the Stuka.

    It was the terrifying dive bomber of Hitler's Blitzkrieg, although it became a liability during the Battle of Britain.

    It's the Ju-87, better known as the Stuka.
  14. 14. What plane is this?

    Gloster Meteor
    Messerschmitt Me 262
    Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    It's the Me-262.

    At the end of the war, both the Allies and the Axis were developing jet fighters. The Me 262 was one of those, but came too late to have a serious impact on the course of the war.

    It's the Me-262.
    Via USAF

Only Total WW2 Plane Nerds Should Even Try This Quiz

Hey ho. Rank: Officer Cadet

This was a tricky quiz on a stupendously nerdy subject. There's no shame here. But don't go and fly any air support missions over Normandy just yet, you'll cause all sorts of bother.

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Not bad! Rank: Flying Officer

You're not exactly a fighter ace, but you probably wouldn't get shot down on your first sortie, either.

Not bad! Rank: Flying Officer
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Impressive! Rank: Squadron Leader

This was a pretty tough quiz. Getting more than half right is a serious achievement. You'd have been welcome in 633 Squadron.

Impressive! Rank: Squadron Leader
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Nice! Rank: Wing Commander

You can probably still hum the theme to The Dam Busters from memory and have opinions about Rolls Royce Merlin vs Allison engines.

Nice! Rank: Wing Commander
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Amazing! Rank: Group Captain

You would have done a fantastic job as one of those people who stood on the cliffs of Dover during the Battle of Britain, keeping an eye out for the Luftwaffe.

Amazing! Rank: Group Captain
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Full marks! Rank: Air Chief Marshal

You're a veritable fighter ace. Douglas Bader would be proud of this performance.

Full marks! Rank: Air Chief Marshal
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CORRECTION

The German aircraft manufacturer is called "Messerschmitt"; the Superfortress's designation was the B-29; and the Mitsubishi A6M was known as the "Zero" by its pilots. An earlier version of this piece had "Messerschmidt" and "B-25 Superfortress", and said that "Zero" was the Allied name for the plane. The author of this piece hangs his head in shame before his fellow plane nerds, although he insists the B-25 thing was a typo.

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