Subject: Two More for the Top Ten
I know this is late, but I had to mention the exclusion of the Hawker Hurricane and Grumman F4F Wildcat in your article on the top 10 fighters (April 2017). Both could have made honorable mention at least, in my opinion.
The Hawker Hurricane played a huge role in the Battle of Britain, scoring more planes destroyed than the Spitfire. It was used as a catapult-launched merchant-ship defender, night fighter, fighter bomber, and even tank buster, and it served in Europe, Asia, and North Africa.
The Wildcat served from Pearl Harbor to the end of the war. It more than held the line against the best pilots and planes the Japanese had through 1942, with a 7-to-1 kill ratio.
Butch O’Hare, Joe Foss, Marion Carl, and John Thach, among many other aces, got the most out of this far-too-often-overlooked airplane. And while there are complaints about it, it was the best plane for the job at that time and did it well. I liked your list; I just would have liked to have seen these two included.
Good points, James. — BD