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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?

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    Bristol Beaufighter
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    Supermarine Spitfire
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    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?

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    Hawker Hurricane
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    Hawker Tempest
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    Hawker Typhoon
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    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?

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    B-17 Flying Fortress
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    B-29 Superfortress
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    B-24 Liberator
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    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?

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    Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
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    Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3
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    Messerschmitt Bf 109
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    It's the Bf-109.

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

  5. 5. What plane is this?

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    Handley Page Halifax
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    Avro Lancaster
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    Vickers Wellington
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    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?

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    Messerschmitt Bf 110
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    Junkers Ju 88
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    Lockheed P-38 Lightning
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    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?

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    Bristol Beaufighter
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    Northrop P-61 Black Widow
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    De Havilland Mosquito
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    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?

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    Hawker Tornado
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    Hawker Typhoon
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    Hawker Tempest
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    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?

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    North American P-51 Mustang
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    Grumman F6F Hellcat
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    Vought F4U Corsair
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    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?

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    Heinkel He-112
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    Focke Wulf Fw-190
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    Grumman F4F Wildcat
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    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?

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    Lockheed Ventura
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    B-26 Marauder
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    B-25 Mitchell
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    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?

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    Yakovlev Yak-9
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    Misubishi A6M "Zero"
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    Mitsubishi J2M "Jack"
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    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?

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    Junkers Ju 87
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    Junkers Ju 88
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    Junkers Ju 86
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    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?

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    Gloster Meteor
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    Messerschmitt Me 262
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    Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star
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    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
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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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