View Full Version : Bomber or Fighter?

12-15-2005, 09:01 AM
If you could go back in time to WW2 (just bear with me), and you were actually joining your country's air force, would you fly bombers or fighters, and what aircraft would you want to fly? If you picked bomber, would you rather be a pilot, or aircrew, and what aircrew position would you want?

Personally, I think I'd rather be on bombers. If I couldn't be a pilot, I'd want to be a navigator. If I'd had to pick one, it would probably be B-24s for the USAAF, or Short Sunderlands or Catalina PBYs for the RCAF/RAF.

How about the rest of you?

12-15-2005, 09:05 AM
Much safer in RAF/USAAF fighters.

You know I'm going to say Whirlwind, don't you?

12-15-2005, 09:14 AM
Well, if I had joined my country's airforce, I probably would have been the safest out of anyone! In Denmark, none of the aircraft met each other in combat, as far as I know, and then everyone surrendered.

That would leave me three choices, I'd say:

1 - Join the Luftwaffe, in which case I'd have wanted to fly either fighters or naval recon in thos great flying boats.

2 - Try and escape to the UK and join the RAF, where I would have loved to have flown in Sunderlands or Catalinas (in case you hadn't guessed, I like flying boats!), but I certainly wouldn't have wanted to fly in Bomber Command (unless I were given a Mossie!!).

3 - Don't do anything, and raise pigs!!

12-15-2005, 09:22 AM
Is this a favourite plane thread in disguise http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I would want to fly Spitfire's in defence of England,

Oh, dreams http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif *drool*

12-15-2005, 09:38 AM
RAF/ RNZAF - Spitfire starting about 1945 thanks. South of France might be nice.I don't fancy the odds in any bomber (other than the Mossie perhaps)or in the LW in anything after about 1939.

12-15-2005, 09:40 AM
Strafer pilot in the South Pacific. Flying fifty feet off the ground in a B-25 with a nose packed full of .50s dropping parafrags and flying at full throttle with a plane whose CG had been shifted dangerously far forward. Sounds safe to me.

12-15-2005, 09:41 AM
Fighters were far and away the safest way to go if you were going into combat. You were much more likely to get yourself killed in training for fighters, or in noncombat operations than by the enemy's actions.

That said, I'd probably have tried to get into fighters in the Med or ETO. As long as I'm dreaming, gimme a Mustang or a Jug, 'cause I'm much too sensitive to the cold to fly an unheated P-38 at high altitudes.



12-15-2005, 09:49 AM
Tempest or Mustang hunting V1s

Realtively safe, wouldn't have to kill my fellow human beings and I would be protecting my homeland, my family and friends.

Oh, and I don't like foreign travel http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

12-15-2005, 09:50 AM
Swedish Air Force....J22 all the way. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

12-15-2005, 10:12 AM
1. Resistance fighter in Crete. Abducting General Kreipe.


2. Glider Pilot, Eben-Emael.


12-15-2005, 10:52 AM
As an Austrian I'd join the Luftwaffe (occupied since 1935) and get fighter training at the airfield of Wr.Neustadt (the same airfield I fly these days - glider planes though http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif). Then maybe join in the Spanish Civil War flying for Legion Condor, then continue onto the Poland campaign, Battle of France, BoB,...

12-15-2005, 11:15 AM
AVG flying the P-40. Flying in pure "hunter" mode AND you get paid to boot! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

12-15-2005, 11:28 AM
I'd like to be fly one of the PBYs that floated around the Pacific bombing enemy shipping, living rough, getting a tan, liberating the Phillipines. I really hate being cold.

12-15-2005, 11:32 AM
Originally posted by Ploughman:
I'd like to be fly one of the PBYs that floated around the Pacific bombing enemy shipping, living rough, getting a tan, liberating the Phillipines. I really hate being cold.

And in true military fashion they'd probably send your PBY to the Aleutians war zone!

12-15-2005, 11:34 AM
Yeah, I should join a mountain division, I'd be unloading boats on beaches in no time.

12-15-2005, 11:55 AM
Hmmm,tough question.I don't like just ONE plane,I enjoy aviation in general....Buuuutttt,if I have to choose just one....Lets see.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif....An A-20 flying in the PTO.Always find it rather enjoyable strafing airfields and generally being a nuisanse as people try to take off http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif As my friends and I say when we fly the A-20 "Strike Un-Seen"....Hmmm,I think thats actually the motto of a squadron that flew for the Royal Navy FAA.

12-15-2005, 11:58 AM
Nightfighter navigator with the RAF, hopefully starting on Mossies. I'm a bit of a map freak anyway, and no glory hunter.

12-15-2005, 12:02 PM
I don't know. Few sounded very pleasant.

Eighth Air Force and RAF bomber crews had pretty poor odds of survival, and it was friggin' cold, cold, cold. They also had little individual control over their fates.

The guys that flew low-level ground attack (eg Sturmovik, P-47, Tempest (or Typhoon?), etc) were also in an exceedingly dangerous business. It's no wonder the pilots were all in their early twenties (and pumped full of testosterone), anybody older would have told the boss to kiss-off.

Maybe Luftwaffe on the Eastern Front...in winter...late in the war. Cold, hungry, no fuel, no parts, lots and lots of highly agitated Russians.

Recon might have been good. High and fast in a Spit, Mustang, or Mosquito (in the daytime). I also like the Catalina idea...leasurely flights over the South Pacific, put down on a calm sea for lunch and a swim.

12-15-2005, 12:04 PM
Mosquito pilot I think. Two engines have a lot of appeal.

12-15-2005, 12:13 PM
Being an American, I'd definately go into the fighter business, or maybe even the Flying Tigers in China.

12-15-2005, 12:17 PM
My great uncle flew PBYs in the North Atlantic from 1944 and 1945. They did sub-hunting, but they also did a lot of convoy escort. He was with RCAF No. 5 BR (Bomber Recce) Sqn. based in Nova Scotia. He flew the PBY-5A, which the Canadians called the Canso A. He was also qualified as a navigator, but that was just a fall-back should he somehow lose his flying status.

He said he liked flying them, but that the flights across the Atlantic were long and cold. I would think that the PTO would be a better choice.

Honestly, I'd like to see a flyable PBY in this game. Twin-engine bomber, it should fit right in. Has anyone skinned one?

12-15-2005, 12:23 PM
Lots of skins out there for the PBY in game. There was even lots of shots of interior modelling floating around a while ago for a flyable but I don't know what's become of it. Looked good though.

12-15-2005, 12:41 PM
Nice Canuck Cat skins here:-

Free sign up here:-

12-15-2005, 01:12 PM
Gibbage was modelling the PBY for IL-2, but he stopped, and I think he's now converting it for MS Flight Simulator instead.

12-15-2005, 01:13 PM
The bomber was the branch that could deliver the big punch, fighters where used for escort.
In germany the top-pilots of basic flight school where selectet for bomber-training.

12-15-2005, 03:25 PM
2.Spitfire or Bf-109 (Jak-3/9 is also an option).

12-15-2005, 03:45 PM
I, like all aces, would fly a P.11. Fact.

12-15-2005, 03:48 PM
U.S Navy all the way, flying Wildcats and corsairs in the pacific...

(My grandfather and my father were both in the navy, i seem to have broken the streak... im just a loser hippie collage-boy :-P)

12-15-2005, 04:17 PM
anything with red, and round markings http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

12-15-2005, 04:32 PM
Originally posted by p1ngu666:
anything with red, and round markings http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

You're a brave lad P1ngu...

12-15-2005, 05:50 PM
Why..... fighters .... of course... I would have had little choice...


12-15-2005, 05:57 PM
Even with what we know now about being a bomber pilot I would still fly one in a heart beat. B-24's for sure.

There is something incredibly couragous, admiarable and moving about flying a bomber during a time when the odds were definetly not in one's favor.

12-15-2005, 06:23 PM
Originally posted by F19_Olli72:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by p1ngu666:
anything with red, and round markings http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

You're a brave lad P1ngu...
http://www.warbirdpix.com/Yasakuni/Ohka-11.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

yapanease feared failure more than death http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

and id rather fly a bomber, or jabo than fighter

12-15-2005, 09:13 PM
Fighter pilot in a Spitfire no doubt.

12-15-2005, 10:09 PM
Gimme a TBD-1, an SBD-5, or a TBM-3 and I'll do the job for you!

Either that, or I secretly join the VVS and fly Yaks.

12-16-2005, 03:04 AM
Piaggio P.108 or SM.82 bomber pilot. Night bombing missions over Gibraltar...


12-16-2005, 07:22 AM
I'd have ended up with a rusty .303 doing sentry duty at the airfield.

12-16-2005, 07:53 AM
Its not listed as an option but give me a Dakota and set me loose http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif (My other flight sim passion is flying for - http://www.dc3airways.com/entry.html

12-16-2005, 09:19 AM

1) A fighter pilot in the RN FAA

2) A fighter pilot in the RAF/RCAF


3) A seaman in the RN/RCN

4) A airman in RAF/RCAF

12-16-2005, 09:27 AM
610 sqn, Spitfire XIVs.