This article argues that the WW2 German Fw190 aircraft was, in purely platform terms, better than the Spitfire V. However, inadequate logistics, poor leadership and ineffective doctrine meant that the Germans could never exploit the qualitative edge in capability terms that the Fw190 should have provided.


This article by Andrew Critchell in History Hit makes the following points about the Focke Wulf Fw190:
  • Radial engine with square wings.
  • Called the 'Butcher Bird'.
  • 4 x 20mm cannon and 2 x 7.9mm heavy machine guns.
  • Its impressive performance contributed to the German fighter cover enabling the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau to transit the English Channel,.
  • Better dive, climb, rate of roll and speed (40-56kph), than the Spitfire.


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