Thursday, December 10, 2009

Why were radial engined planes more popular in the Pacific Theater?

Why were the Corsair, Wildcat, and Hellcat all used extensively in the Pacific but not in Europe? Same goes for P-51 mostly in Europe but not very much so in the Pacific? Can radials tolerate the weather better (salt water conditions), is it a performance issue (both aerial and carrier)?

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P38 Lighting, P39 Aircobra, P40 Warhawk, P51 Mustang and the P61 Black Widow were all used in the Pacific as well as being used in Europe.

Radial engines were in fact preferred by the U.S. Navy however it would seem that it may have been a ship bound storage and work space issue more that anything else.

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Its an evolution thing. Think, what came after the radial engines. I was shipboard in 1960 when we were transitioning from radials to jets. Do you know how big the radials were, 18 cylinders. The pacific theater didn't have huge radials like we did.
It's more a service thing than an engine thing. The Army Air Corps was primarily in Europe, and they used the P-47 and P-51. The Navy and Marine Corps were primarily in the Pacific, and they used the F4U, F4F and F6F.

Did the Fairey Swordfish see combat in the Pacific theater during WWII?

I know it was used widely in the Mediterranean and Atlantic, but I have not heard of its use in the Pacific.

Did the Fairey Swordfish see combat in the Pacific theater during WWII?phantom of the opera

The Stringbag was only used in the early days of the Pacific war from British carriers.

My main reason for putting this answer here is for those who know as a matter of fact that World War 2 was ,of course, won solely by our wonderful American Allies and perpetuate the myth that we British sat on our arses and never contributed to the Pacific engagements(see Daniel T above) may I point out the contribution of the British Pacific Fleet and their four battleships, eighteen aircraft carriers, eleven cruisers and many smaller warships and support vessels. Not too much compared to the HUGE American Fleets but worthy of note I believe.

And before everyone pops off. I`m not a Yank Hater. I like your country and your people. I am appreciative of the help that you extended before and after Pearl Harbour.

Just remember.

Without Britain Hitler would have conquered the Soviet Union. That leaves him in one hell of a position to challenge the only remaining threat to his World Domination


Did the Fairey Swordfish see combat in the Pacific theater during WWII?listen to opera opera theater

The swordfish was aboard the HMS HERMES when she was sunk by Japanese carriers early in the war. It was also used in it's seaplane configuration for scouting. As to after that I don't know for sure but it probably was used by the Aussies until more modern American planes arrived.
No it was not, the Swordfish was a British torpedo bomber that operated off of aircraft carriers, the British used them extensively in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic against the German and Italian naval presence there, but the British never carried out carrier operations in the pacific theater.

Also there was no need for the swordfish in the pacific theater, it was very slow, and unmaneuverable, when carrying a torpedo, and it was not heavily armored. the US Torpedo bombers, the TBD Devastator's, and TBM Avenger's although much more capable aircraft than the Swordfish, already been proved ineffective and highly vulnerable to enemy fighters at the battle of midway. The United States need for anti-shipping capability was instead fulfilled solely by the highly versatile dauntless dive bomber. which was responsible for nearly 80% of jappanese ships sunk during the war.

So to anwser your querstion, no the sword fish was not used in the pacific theater, the brittish never caried out carrier operations in the pacific, and there was no need in the pacific for the Swordfish.
I belive the British used the Fairey Albacore in the Pacific, but from land bases.

Daniel: Do your homework. In 1943, the HMS Victorious worked with the USS Saratoga in the Pacific, and later in early 1945 the British Pacific Fleet joined with the US Fleet, and attacked the Japanese home islands. Reference Lt. Hamilton Grey, VC.

Also, the TBF Avenger was responsible for most of the U-Boat kills in the Atlantic by aircraft. The SBD was a dismal failure at the task.

Brian: The HMS Hermes was sunk in the Indian Ocean, not the Pacific.
Google provides great information about the Fairy Swordfish,

It was used from land, conventional Air Craft Carriers and converted Merchant Aircraft Carriers. It was also operated by the Dutch who operated four Carriers.

Knowing the Dutch Air Force was active in Dutch East Indies (NEI) and later, Australia I tried to find evidence of them operating Fairy Swordfish in the Pacific but to no avail. I also could find no evidence the Dutch MAC's operated in the Pacific.

It's a remarkable aircraft with distinguished service given it's vintage. I appreciated your question.

Pacific Theater of WWII.? can you please help me describe some of the combat environments?

Both my grandfathers are Pacific theatre vets. My Grandpa G described hot jungles and getting shelled by the Japanese. Seeing a Japanese Zero approaching the island sent his blood cold. He said that the sun was very hot and they loved to find shade.

Pacific Theater of WWII.? can you please help me describe some of the combat environments?soap opera

Well, it was in Asia and the South Pacific. So think jungles, palm trees, sandy beaches, lagoons etc.

Pacific Theater of WWII.? can you please help me describe some of the combat environments?city opera opera theater

The Pacific Theater was Island hopping. Search Guam, Iwo Jima, and other Pacific Islands.
~Most of them were hot, humid, damp, bug-infested jungles or in some cases, barren rocks. Much of the action occured on a great big puddle called the Pacific Ocean and the troop environments were generally cramped, crowded, smelly ships and boats. Hiroshima, on the other hand, before August 5, 1945 was a vibrant and vital city but after August 5th, it was a glass encrusted cinder full of pieces of civilian bone and flesh.
Saipan, Guam,Palau,Truk; these are some of the Islands in Micronesia that were devastated during that battle. In Palau Island, one of the island there called Peleliu Island, though very small was a battle ground of one of the fiercest fight. Japanese soldiers were really slaughtering the young american marines. The beach later named orange beach as it was stained entirely by blood. The USMarines finally took over the island and planted the proud-bloodied flag of the United States of America on top of the bloody rock mountain. It wasn't an easy overtaking because the Japanes soldiers had; like thirty years earlier prepared the island for the war. They had dug into the islands limestone rocks, created a net work of caves and tunnels in which their soldiers could easily attack and run to and fro underground without being detected by the USMarines. The battle costed lifes of both Japanese and the USMarines by the thousands. The USMillitary named one of its battle ship; USS PELELIU, after the name of that island. Ofcourse the environment were very nasty. Rugged and razor sharp limestone rocks were barriers that the USMarines had to manuever as they made their way to the shore and to climb as well to get to the enemy. The pounding of the ocean waves against them intensified the attempts also. And also it is a tropical climate there. The temperature is always around ninety seven to ninety eight majority of the time; very high humidity. Lots of mosquitoes and insects that makes it unbearable for one to stay outhere allnight in the junkle or at the limestone mountain ridge. One must shower daily to have a bit of comfort.
The Japanese were defending the string of Islands near Japan to help prevent the Americans from creating an airbase with which to bomb the Japanese homeland.

-In the air, and at sea, the Japanese naval fleet was giving the Americans a pounding, until the battle of midway.

-On the ground, the Japanese troops were ordered to defend until death, each of the jungle/hardened lava and ash covered islands which they were based on. These battles were intense, and Japanese snipers slowed American advancement. As well as snipers, the Japanese had fortified artillery positions on ridges, and hill tops.
Well, there was water, trees, forests

Name six battles that occured at pacific theater during WW2?

i would also like the date/s


Name six battles that occured at pacific theater during WW2?opera mini

Dec 7, 1941 ------------ Attack on Pearl Harbor

Dec 10, 1941 ---------- Sinking of the "Prince of Wales" %26amp; "Repulse"

Mary 7 - 8, 1942 ------ Battle of the Coral Sea

June 4, 1942 ----------- Battle of Midway

June 19 - 20, 1944 --- Battle of the Phillipine Sea

Mar 26, 1943 ---------- Battle of the Komandorski Islands

Name six battles that occured at pacific theater during WW2?passions soap opera opera theater

Battle of Java Sea: In a two month period, the Japanese conquered the Netherlands East Indies, (now Indonesia) and destroyed the combined American, British, Dutch and Australian surface naval forces in the area. The chronology that follows takes place south of concurrent advances in the Philippines and SE Asia and northwest of simultaneous activities in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands which are later resolved in the battles of Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, and New Guinea. January and February, 1942.

Battle of Coral Sea: The Japanese purpose of the War in the Pacific was to obtain resources to continue her conquest of China. To this end she attacked the major power centers -- the U.S. at Pearl Harbor, took the Guam, Wake outposts ; invaded S.E. Asia to cut off resupply from India to China ; took the resources of the Dutch East Indies while destroying the ABDA naval forces ; took the Philippines and Malaya ; and knocked the British fleet from India back to Africa. May 7-8, 1942.

Battle of Midway: The Japanese sent their entire fleet to capture Midway Island in the hopes the small US Navy would come to fight and be destroyed. Nimitz got word of the plan and set an ambush. While the Japanese carriers were rearming after bombing Midway, Fletcher's airplanes attacked and destroyed three of four big carriers. Planes from the surviving carrier damaged Yorktown. A second US strike put down the fourth enemy carrier. Damaged Yorktown was sunk by a submarine two days later. June 4-6, 1942.

Battle of Savo Island: In just 32 minutes the enemy had inflicted massive damage. Four heavy cruisers were sunk and a heavy cruiser and destroyer badly damaged. 1,270 men were killed and 708 injured. The enemy had comparative scratches on three cruisers. August 9, 1942.

Naval Battle of Guadalcanal: Both sides were in the process of sending full Army divisions to Guadalcanal. The US arrived on Nov 12 and unloaded troops and most of their supplies before bombers damaged San Francisco and a destroyer and the convoy withdrew. The Japanese had sent a bombardment force of two battleships attended by a light cruiser and 8 destroyers, intending to take out Henderson Field to allow their troop landing on Nov 13 without air attack. The U.S. cruisers and destroyers engaged the Japanese battleships that night. November 12-16, 1942.

Battle of Tassafaronga: The Japanese tried to replenish their troops on Guadalcanal by fast destroyers on moonless nights. The destroyers hid in Bougainville during the day, made a run to deliver their supplies in the dark and returned to hiding by daylight. The technique was to tie barrels together and drop them overboard where they were retrieved by swimmers and hidden before the morning when an attack by Marine planes was assured. November 30, 1942.
These are found very easily via GOOGLE. I assume you mean any sort of 'battlefield' because a Naval Battle also is a 'battlefield".

So you can really start with the Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.

February 27- March 1 - Japanese naval victory in the Battle of the Java Sea as the largest U.S. warship in the Far East, the HOUSTON, is sunk.

May 7-8, 1942 - Japan suffers its first defeat of the war during the Battle of the Coral Sea off New Guinea - the first time in history that two opposing carrier forces fought *only using aircraft* without the opposing ships *ever sighting each other*.

June 4-5, 1942 - Turning point in the war occurs with a decisive victory for the U.S. against Japan in the Battle of Midway as squadrons of U.S. torpedo planes and dive bombers from ENTERPRISE, HORNET, and YORKTOWN attack and destroy four Japanese carriers, a cruiser, and damage another cruiser and two destroyers. U.S. loses YORKTOWN.

August 7, 1942 - The first U.S. amphibious landing of the Pacific War occurs as 1st Marine Division invades Tulagi and Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands.

October 11/12 - U.S. cruisers and destroyers defeat a Japanese task force in the Battle of Cape Esperance off Guadalcanal.

October 26, 1942 - Battle of Santa Cruz off Guadalcanal between U.S. And Japanese warships results in the loss of the Carrier HORNET.

June 19, 1944 - The "Marianas Turkey Shoot" occurs as U.S. Carrier-based fighters shoot down 220 Japanese planes, while only 20 American planes are lost.

July 19, 1944 - U.S. Marines invade Guam in the Marianas.

July 24, 1944 - U.S. Marines invade Tinian.

July 27, 1944 - American troops complete the liberation of Guam.

October 20, 1944 - U.S. Sixth Army invades Leyte in the Philippines.

October 23-26 - Battle of Leyte Gulf results in a decisive U.S. Naval victory.

October 23-26 - Battle of Leyte Gulf results in a decisive U.S. Naval victory.

October 25, 1944 - The first suicide air (Kamikaze) attacks occur against U.S. warships in Leyte Gulf. By the end of the war, Japan will have sent an estimated 2,257 aircraft. "The only weapon I feared in the war," Adm. Halsey will say later.

February 19, 1945 - U.S. Marines invade Iwo Jima.

April 1, 1945 - The final amphibious landing of the war occurs as the U.S. Tenth Army invades Okinawa.

June 22, 1945 - Japanese resistance ends on Okinawa as the U.S. Tenth Army completes its capture.

Take your pick.

I supposed you could even count Hiroshima and Nagasaki if you want....
The ones the Marines fought in!

1) Guadalcanal (August 7, 1942 鈥?February 9, 1943)

2) Tarawa (November 20 鈥?November 23, 1943)

3) Saipan (June 15, 1944 鈥?July 9, 1944

4) Iwo Jima (February 19, 1945鈥揗arch 26, 1945)

5) Leyte Gulf (October 23, 1944 鈥?October 26, 1944)

6) Okinawa (March 18, 1945鈥揓une 23, 1945)
check links to find info
Battle of Midway

Battle of Iwo Jima

Battle of Guadalcanal

Battle of Philippines

Battle of Truk Island

Battle of Marianas Islands

you can do the rest of your homework.
Coral Sea 1942, Midway 1942, Gudalcanal 1942-43, Tarawa 1943, and of course Pearl Harbor December 7,1941.
I have no idea of the dates, but Midway, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa
Sounds like someone should do their homework. we can't help you when the test comes.

Combat Flight Simulator 2: Pacific Theater?

Can anyone tell me if this is compatible with Microsoft's Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe? (I'm guessing not but want to confirm this).

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Compatible in what way? You mean scenery, etc.?

I have both, use them seperately. The Pacifi is harder tolearn and use, but more realistic, imho.

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also IL2 is wicked if you're into your flying

During WW2 at the pacific theater of operation, should have the USA implicated carrier-based warfare

than the bloody island-hopping campaigns? instead of taking islands for airfields, simply placing carriers strategically would have been better. peal harbor was a carrier-based operation

During WW2 at the pacific theater of operation, should have the USA implicated carrier-based warfare browser

if airfields were not taken then our carriers at sea would be at great risk from enemy planes

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islands cant sink
1. Aircraft carriers were relatively easy to sink if they were located. Islands, though easily located, are difficult to put out of commision and can be defended properly.

2. The size of the aircraft carrier severely limits the size and mass of aircraft launchable off one. The upper limit was the size of a B25 Mitchel bomber, something unable to LAND on a carrier. The limited size limits both the range and weapons load of carrier aircraft resulting in a higher number of aircraft flying from a closer airbase/carrier risking more crew to drop the same load of ordnance.

3. The type of aircraft that had the greatest effect on Japan were four-engined bombers... something that could not be launched from aircraft carriers.

4. Captured islands can also be used as staging areas and basing for ground troops used to actually eliminate enemy bases. Although elimination of using island for bases in lieu of aircraft carriers limits the need for ground troops, without them you have little ability to decisively influence battles on land.
Do you understand the logistics involved in maintaining a carrier battle group in a prime condition of readiness?

We only took the islands we needed and we took them to establish repair facilities and fuel/supply depots. It's two weeks sailing back to Pearl Harbor from the Western Pacific.
How do you plan tour logistics around such masive supply lines. Secondly suppose you skip some of these islands. Ok now you have to deal with there radars, and more imporantly there fighter and bomber formations which can harass you all the way to Japan. Also think of the amount of time needed to do this. Are you saying the US should have held out on an attack and let Japan continue to build its military up til we had enough Carriers to try in win in one stroke. Sounds risky.
If I understand your ? After the peal harbour attack American re grouped and counter attacked even after many ships and personal were sent to Europe We won didn't we?
Supporting and supplying a large invasion force going into Japan itself by sea only would have meant insane supply lines. Also you can only build carriers so fast.
A. We didn't have the carrier fleet we have now.

B. It was strategically important to "own" the airstrips on the islands... as a defensive tactic. If we owned them, then the Japanese didn't... which decreased the vulnerability of the carriers we DID have..

C. The fuel capacity and range of the fighters we were using then was much less than those we use today. By having airfields on islands AND carriers positioned in the Pacific, we had much better mobility than we would have had using carriers alone.
Did we have enough carriers to do that?
um....we didn't have that may carriers and perhaps you may remember pearl harbor. Islands were a cheaper and faster solution.
I've wondered that myself. Assemble a kick-butt armada and head straight to Tokyo Bay... instead of the island hopping. Their Navy would have been overstretched.

1864th Engineer Aviation Battalion, Pacific Theater, WWII??

This was an African-American unit that was organized toward the end of WWII and served in Guam, my father was a member. Anyone else have a grandfather, father, or uncle who served in this unit?

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My great uncle Earle served in WWll, I'm not sure his battalion or where he was stationed though. Well he was in the navy got his master plumbers liscense.

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