Can You Match the World War II Plane to Its Nickname?

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By: J. Page

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About This Quiz

World War II was the most destructive conflict the world has ever seen. That was partly because of the speed at which technology was improving at sea, in the air, and on land. Significant advances in aviation turned the skies into a whole new type of battleground. In fact, the United States produced approximately 276,000 aircraft for its wartime effort, and saw more than 43,000 of them destroyed. From 1942 to 1945, America averaged 170 airplanes lost each day - that's over 7 per hour! To be a pilot during the war was often considered both heroic and somewhat suicidal. 

With nearly 400 different kinds of aircraft flying throughout the war, pilots and their crews took great pride in coining new names for their warbirds - some flattering and others more tongue-in-cheek. You know many of these nicknames well enough: They've been emblazoned at air shows and made popular in documentaries and blockbuster movies. But, do you know which aircraft is a Flying Fortress compared to a Super Fort? Can you identify a Thunderbolt or a Cyclone? 

These are the aviation nicknames that made history and it's time for you to immortalize those names in this quiz. Throw on your aviators, because this quiz is going to take you to new heights!

What is another name for the Douglas SBD divebomber?

These planes were prominent during the war, sinking three Japanese carriers, in the Battle of Midway

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What is another name for the B-17 bomber?

The Fort, as it was also known, was a major player for the United States Army Air Corps in the European theater, and was famous for bringing crews home even with heavy damage.

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What is another name for the Yakolava-4?

Often regarded as one of the best fighter planes in the war, these Russian fighter planes were always on the Eastern front.

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What do they call the B-29 bomber?

This was the most modern bomber flown in WWII, built for high-level bombardment of Japan. It was also the first combat aircraft to boast a pressurized cabin, eliminating the need for oxygen masks.

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What is another name for the Supermarine Spitfire?

The first name that comes to mind when it comes to British fighters, the Spitz was Great Britain's most iconic fighter of World War II.

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What is another name for the B-25 bomber?

A group of modified B-25s were key to the success of the Doolittle Raid, which had them launching from an aircraft carrier.

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What is another name for the B-24 bomber?

Heavily used in the bombardment of Germany, the Liberator had a larger bomb capacity than the B-17. It was also the plane piloted by Jimmy Stewart during his service in the war. And before George McGovern became a senator, he piloted the B-24 and flew 35 combat missions.

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What is another name for the P-47 fighter?

The P-47 was also known as the Thunderbolt and shaped a bit like a jug of milk - “kind of a juggernaut,” in the words of one expert.

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What do they call the P-40 fighter?

The British and Soviet forces called it the Tomahawk, while the Americans called it the Warhawk. Later models were even known by some as the Kittyhawk. No matter what you called it, though, it was a solid and inexpensive fighter plane produced in large quantities.

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What is another name for the P-38 fighter?

The P-38s were fast, long range, and left quite a mark wherever they struck.

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What did the Allied forces call the Mitsubishi A6M?

Very few people know the "Zero" - or the "Zeke" to most British forces - was the A6M. These were the majority of the warplanes that conducted the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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What is another name for the Nakajima Ki-43 interceptor?

The Ki-43 interceptor was a powerful close-support fighter of the Japanese forces.

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What is another name for BOTH the Vought F4-U and the Goodyear FG-1D fighter?

Many of of the Corsairs were made by Goodyear. In the Navy, the all-Corsair unit of Pappy Boington was called the Black Sheep squadron.

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What is another name for the Navy Grumman TBM torpedo bomber?

The Avenger was a mainstay torpedo bomber for the Allied fleet, and replaced the Douglas TBD Devastator which had been outclassed. George HW Bush was an Avenger pilot in the Pacific theater.

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What is another name for the Grumman F-4F fighter?

The Grumman Wildcats were truly wild, although not the fastest or most advanced fighters of the war. But their solid constitution and heavy armament were fierce enough to help halt the spread of the Imperial Japanese forces after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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What's another name for the P-51 fighter?

The Mustang, aka the Stang, was among the most recognizable, beautiful, and famous WWII planes - a true force to be reckoned with.

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What is another name for the Grumman F-6F fighter?

Also known as "the Wildcat's big brother," the durable, carrier-based Hellcat was actually designed to replace it - and most importantly to outperform the Japanese Zero.

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What could you call the Bell P-39 fighter?

The Airacobra's range and difficulty with climbing above 20,000 feet earned it a reputation for poor performance compared to other WWII aircraft, but its aviators nonetheless achieved the highest scores of any flying an American plane - when you include the stats from P-39s flown by Russian pilots.

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What is another name for the Northrup P-61 fighter?

The Black Widow was the first combat aircraft designed to fly by night using radar.

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What is another name for the Bell P-63 fighter?

The Kingcobra was designed to be a big step up from the Airacobra P-39, didn't find much success in that regard. By the time it was ready for production, it was already outclassed by other aircraft. More than 300 P-63s were eventually used for target practice.

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What is another name for the Hawker Mark 1 R4118?

Arguably a competitor to the Spitfire for Britain's most iconic fighter, the Hurricane was a single-seat fighter that played a major role in early conflicts.

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What is another name for the Polikarpov I-16?

With an open cockpit, "El Ratta" was a Soviet fighter and the first in the world to have a single, low wing.

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What is another name for the Fieseler Fi 156?

The Stork was a small but mighty German liaison aircraft.

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What did they call the A-26 small bomber?

The Douglas Invader was a small, two-engine "attack" (hence the "A") bomber. The A-26 was the only American bomber to fly missions in 3 wars.

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What was another name for the B-26 small bomber?

The Martin B-26 Marauder was another small two-engine bomber.

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What is another name for the Messerschmitt BF 109?

The German 109E was mass-produced and said to be able to outfight or outrun all opposition.

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What would you call the de Havilland DH.98?

With an almost entirely wooden frame, the Mosquito was a versatile British twin-engine combat aircraft.

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What is another name for the Ilyushin Shturmovic 2?

It also sometimes known as the "concrete bird" or the "black death"!

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What would you call the German Messerschmitt (ME) 262?

Fighter versions were known as Schwalbe (“the Swallow”), or Sturmvogel ("Storm Bird") in German.

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What's another name for the Focke-Wulf 190?

In Germany, it was known as the FockWulf 190 "Würger" - aka, a Shrike or the Butcher Bird.

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What's another name for the Focke-Wulf 190 D-12 (or D-13)?

The Fw 190s were known to be liked by their pilots, and said only to have trouble keeping up with the turn radius of the Spitfire Mk.

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What could you call the DC-3?

A cargo plane that the armed forces have used for many purposes, including serving as gunships during the Vietnam War, the DC-3 apparently needed more than just one or two nicknames.

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What's another name for the Brewster F2A?

One of the first U.S. monoplanes, the Buffalo was a fighter used early on in the war.

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What's another name for the Junkers JU-87 dive bomber?

The German Stuka had a signature shrieking noise when it dove, thanks to the wind passing through sirens that were mounted on the wings - all in the name of psychological warfare.

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