The only thing stopping the Buffalo's claim is those pesky Finns who miraculously did OK with it, even against Bf 109's whose only excuse must
surely have been overconfidence? In 1940 the RAF sent all its own Buffaloes to the far east " out of harms way". Oops.
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I always forget about those pesky Finns. Though I think that says more about the superiority of the Zero, than it does the Buffalo. Though you
do have a point, which I grant you. Or maybe the lack of training on the part of the American flyers who used it at Midway.
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You are right about the Zero, there was an RAE flight test report which offered advice to British and American pilots in the threatre, in comparison
between the F6F, F4F and Zero it said in the 'general advice' section simply "Do NOT dogfight with the zero". The emphasis on the word
'not' is there in the original.
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