Do you think the americans could have won the pacific without the P-51? Just Hellcats as their main fighter?
- Mark FLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
The P-51 played very little part in the Pacific war, Merlin-engined models not seeing combat until the very end of 1944 and not en masse until after March 1945 with the B-29 bomber raids on the Japanese mainland. As in Europe the aircraft did not really come into its own until the long-range, high-altitude escort mission materialized. That same mission was also performed by the P-47N. Indeed, P-47D's served in the Pacific long before the Mustang arrived and before them the P-39 and P-38.
The P-51 was used only by the U.S. Army Air Force. The F-6F was used by the Navy and Marines as well as the F-4U and throughout the war various marks of F-4F and FM-1/-2 Wildcat.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Yes. In fact, the US had several other fighters besides just the Hellcat that could have helped pick up any slack, including the P-38, the P-49, and the F4U Corsair. But the P-51 really was probably the second best fighter aircraft to come out of the war (the best being the Messerschmitt Me 262 by virtue of the fact it was jet-powered).
As someone else noted, the critical airplane of the Pacific Theater (introduced late in the war) was the B-29 (even before Hiroshima).Source(s): History-buff....
- Russ in NOVALv 77 years ago
Yes. It just would have been a tougher go for the B-29s over Japan and they would have had to fighter support from carriers. They would have figured something out. But if they didn't have P-51s in the Pacific, then they wouldn't have had them in Europe either, which also been a challenge.
- smsmith500Lv 77 years ago
The P-51 didn't really get into the fight until near the end of the war. It required land bases to operate from and was a proven long range escort fighter.
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- magic manLv 67 years ago
Lets see....Maybe it was the ATOMIC BOMB that won the war I am not certain. When you think about the primary fighter in the Pacific Theater it was the P-38.
- TomLv 67 years ago
Yes but the B-29 is the one that really did Japan in.
- 7 years ago
the p-38 was a long range fighter and bomber escort