Can You Get More Than 11 Correct On This Historical Aviation Quiz?

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So you're here for one of two reasons. One: You're a real flying ace and think you can totally ace this quiz with all your WW2 fighter jet knowledge. Or two, you want to become the ultimate aviation genius. Do you know your Spitfire from your Fairey Swordfish? Your Avro Lancaster from your Messerschmitt? Take our aviation quiz now!

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1. This plane is immediately recognizable due to its wing design and was a huge factor in Britain winning the war in the skies.

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  1. Peashooter
  2. Spitfire
The Spitfire was the main frontline fighter in World War 2 and was used for short quick attacks on other planes and bases.
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2. What's the name of this plane? It's by far one of the most famous bombers of WW2.

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  1. Airbus A380
  2. Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
The B-17 was one of the most produced aircrafts in the world.
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3. The aircraft model in this image dropped the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki forcing Japan to surrender. What were they called?

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  1. Stealth Bomber
  2. Boeing B-29 Superfortress
The B-29 was capable of flight at altitudes up to 31,850 feet at speeds of up to 350 mph, out of range of Japanese fighters and anti-aircraft guns.
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4. Roy Chadwick won the CBE for creating this heavy bomber which was crucial in Britain's aerial efforts. What's it called?

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  1. Spitfire
  2. Avro Lancaster
The Avro Lancaster was able to carry the 'Grand Slam' - the heaviest bomb in WW2 history.
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5. This German dive bomber terrified the allies and was used in every theatre of war the Germans were involved in. What's its name?

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  1. Douglas SBD-6 Dauntless
  2. Junkers Ju-87 Stuka
The Junkers Ju-87 Stuka was first used during the Spanish Civil War.
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6. This plane is the sister of the Spitfire and was absolutely crucial in the Battle of Britain. What's it called?

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  1. Fiat G.50
  2. Hawker Hurricane
The Hurricane was rapidly procured prior to the outbreak of the Second World War in September 1939.
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7. This heavy bomber struggled against the allies during the Battle of Britain, but what is it called?

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  1. Texan BigBoy
  2. Messerschmitt Me-110
Although the Messerschmitt Me-110 was shot down countless times in WW2, it was easily the wars most successful night fighter.
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8. This menacing looking American fighter saw service in the Pacific and North Africa. What's it called?

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  1. Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
  2. Breda Ba.27
The P-40 Warhawk was designed with the classic shark's mouth on the front to terrify the enemy. The design was inspired by a Messerschmitt one American pilots saw which had a similar design on the front.
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9. Nicknamed 'The Cadillac of the Sky', this smooth looking plane escorted American bombers into the heart of Germany, but what's its name?

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  1. North American P-51 Mustang
  2. Vickers Warwick
The P-51 is widely regarded as the finest all-around piston-engined fighter of World War II to be produced in large numbers.
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10. This plane was the primary fighter serving the Germans at the outbreak of the Second World War, what's it called?

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  1. Messerschmitt Me-109
  2. Boeing 747
Over 30,000 Messerschmitt Me-109's were built, making it the most produced fighter aircraft during the entire Second World War.
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11. This plane came into the war bearing the colors of the USA. What's it called?

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  1. Grumman F8F Bearcat
  2. Short Empire
The Grumman F8F Bearcat set an unbelievable record for rising 10,000ft in 94 seconds.
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12. What's the name of this single-seat Russian aircraft which was revolutionary in the war?

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  1. Yakovlev Yak-1
  2. Putin 3000
Yakovlev originally produced sporting aircrafts - however the Russian government were incredibly impressed with their speed and power prompting them to design fighter jets to be produced by Yakovlev.
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13. This American carrier-based aircraft was vital for the US in the war. What's it called?

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  1. Supermarine Walrus
  2. Grumman F4F Wildcat
The Grumman F4F Wildcat was used in the Pacific during the early years of World War II and would take off from aircraft carriers.
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14. German Luftwaffe pilots were so scared of this fighter jet they called it the 'fork-tailed-devil'. What's it actually called?

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  1. Lockheed P-38 Lightning
  2. de Havilland Albatross
The P-38 Lightning was twice the size of many other fighters and had two engines instead of one.
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15. This aircraft was the first all-metal fighter produced by the US and saw action in the Pacific. What was it called?

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  1. The Wooden Warrior
  2. Boeing P-26 Peashooter
The Peashooter had an extremely fast landing speed which caused numerous fatal accidents.
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16. This aircraft was the most intimidating Japanese fighter jet of WW2, but what was it called?

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  1. Missouri Machine
  2. Mitsubishi A6M Zero
The A6M Zero was incredibly dangerous in dogfights during the early years of the war - leading Japan to produce more of them than any other fighter aircraft.
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17. What's the name of this American aircraft which was used mostly by the Russians in their battles against Germany and Japan?

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  1. Bell P-63 Kingcobra
  2. IV Home-Score
The Bell P-63 flew for the first time exactly one year after Pearl Harbor and was compared by many to the British Spitfire.
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18. This Italian aircraft was made of wood and never won a battle. What was it called?

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  1. V-Wing IO
  2. Ambrosini SAI.207
The SAI.207 enjoyed limited success during the war. Pilots were very unhappy with them so their service came to a quick end.
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19. This Japanese plane was used as an interceptor during WW2. What's it called?

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  1. Avro Lancaster
  2. Mitsubishi J2M Interceptor
The J2M did not see combat until 1944 when several of the fighters based in Guam and Saipan in the Mariana Islands defended the American invasion.
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20. What was the name of this aircraft used for transporting goods and carrying paratroopers during the war?

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  1. Junkers Ju-52
  2. Fiat Punto
The Junkers JU-52 was initially built during the early 30's for transportation purposes. It served the same role in the war, as well as being used briefly as a bomber. The aircraft is still in use today for purposes such as sightseeing.
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21. What was the name of this Italian aircraft nicknamed 'Saetta' or 'Arrow' in English?

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  1. Macchi C.200
  2. Spitfire
The Macchi C.200 was such a good plane to fly that many pilots found the jet totally flawless.
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22. Despite being built in America, this aircraft was predominately used by the RAF as a coastal maritime patrol plane. What's it called?

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  1. Savoia-Marchetti SM.82
  2. Lockheed Hudson
As well as carrying out coastal maritime patrols, the Lockheed Hudson was also used to carry special agents into France during the war.
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23. This Russian jet saw action against the Germans on the Eastern Front but what is it called?

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  1. Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-3
  2. Kawanishi N1K
The Mikoyan-Gure MiG-3 was incredibly difficult to fly in peace times, so in war it was incredibly dangerous. In fact this plane was shot down more than any other Soviet Air Force jet.
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24. The French Air Force used this American fighter in the war. What's the name of it?

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  1. Curtiss P-36 Hawk
  2. Sikorsky S-42
Although it's a US make, the Curtiss P-36 Hawk saw very little combat in the war with the US. Instead, it was the French who used it most excessively and successfully during the Battle of France.
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25. What's the name of this German plane which was superior to the British Spitfire and was one of the most successful fighter jets of the entire war?

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  1. Focke-Wulf Fw 190
  2. Miles Messenger
Some of Germany's best fighter pilots claimed most of their kills with the Focke-Wulf 190 and it is arguably the best fighter plane of WW2.
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26. Named after a bird, which aircraft was used by the British Fleet Air Arm during WW2?

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  1. Blackburn Skua
  2. Tachikawa Ki-54
No fully in-tact Blackburn Skua's remain, however in 2007 the only 'nearly complete' Skua was found 800 feet below a lake in Norway where, during the war, a Skua was forced to make an emergency water landing. Both crew members survived the crash but spent the next five years as Prisoners of War.
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27. This Japanese plane went by the nickname 'Tony' by allied forces, but what is its official title?

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  1. Kawasaki Ki-61
  2. Florida Flier
Because of their different design, allied pilots initially believed the Kawasaki Ki-61 was a German or Italian plane, which led to the US giving it the nickname 'Tony'.
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28. This two seater RAF plane was used for minor roles in WW2. What was it called?

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  1. Hawker Hart
  2. Mitsubishi K7M
The Hawker Hart was used predominantly in the inter-war period, however in the first few years of WW2, it did play a number of minor roles.
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29. Originally an A6M Zero, this plane was a threat to US Navy Patrol Boats. What was it called?

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  1. SNCAO 200
  2. Nakajima A6M2-N Floatplane Fighter
The Nakajima A6M2-N Floatplane Fighter proved effective in destroying numerous US PT boats. They were also known to drop flares close to PT boats, who relied on darkness for cover, leaving them extremely vulnerable to Japanese destroyer gunfire.
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30. What's the name of this plane which was originally intended as a fighter but was primarily used as a ground attack aircraft for the RAF?

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  1. Hawker Typhoon
  2. Blohm & Voss BV 155
The Hawker Typhoon was originally designed as a replacement for the Hawker Hurricane. However the aircraft was riddled with flaws and serious problems therefore being unable to fully fit the requirements necessary to replace the Hurricane.
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31. Over 250 of these French fighter jets were lost during the Battle of France, but what are they called?

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  1. Morane-Saulnier M.S.406
  2. Taco CG-13
Despite being mass produced in France, the Morane-Saulni M.S.406 was a very uneffective warplane with many of them being shot down until they were eventually discontinued.
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32. 13,000 of these were produced during and after WW2 because they were such excellent fighters. What are they called?

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  1. Sukhoi Su-7
  2. Vought Corsair
The Vought Corsair entered the war in large numbers with the US Navy and was described by Japanese fighters as 'the most formidable American fighter of World War II'.
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33. The most commonly used seaplane in WW2. What was it called?

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  1. Rough Waters 620
  2. Consolidated PBY Catalina
The Consolidated PBY Catalina is responsible for saving hundreds of downed pilots' lives.
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34. This older Russian jet was no match for the German fighters and was quickly replaced in the war. What was it called?

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  1. DFS 228
  2. Polikarpov i-16
When it was first introduced in the early 30's the single-engine single-sea Polikarpov l-16 was described as a revolutionary aircraft. The Soviet fighter was loved by many pilots, however as the war advanced, it quickly became outdated compared to the later German Messerschmitt's and was replaced in 1943.
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35. Because of its massive size this jet was known as 'The Jug', but what was its real name?

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  1. Saro Shrimp
  2. Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
The Thunderbolt or 'Jug' was heavily armed, managing to fit around eight machine guns and up to 2,500lb of bombs or rockets, giving it some extreme firepower.
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36. This German bomber was used extensively to bomb England during The Blitz. What's it called?

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  1. Heinkel He 111
  2. Stealth Bomber
The Heinkel He 111 is considered the most recognisable German aircraft of WW2. It proved to be a very successful bomber until The Battle of Britain when it's weak defensive armour was exposed.
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37. What's the name of this terrifying bomber which was the most highly produced warplane in history?

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  1. Ilyushin Il-2
  2. EasyJet
The Soviet Ilyushin II-2, in combination with its successor, the Ilyushin Il-10, is the single most produced military aircraft design in aviation history, as well as one of the most produced aircraft in history, with a total of 42,330 produced.
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38. This warplane served as a vital dive-bomber for the US, but what is it called?

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  1. Douglas SBD Dauntless
  2. Blackburn B-2
The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942 earning it the nickname Slow But Deadly.
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39. This German aircraft could stay in the air for up to 14 hours. What's it called?

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  1. Focke-Wulf F200 Condor
  2. Avro Anson
The Focke-Wulf F-200 was originally built before the war as a long distance airliner, but was adopted by the the Luftwaffe as a long range maritime control and bomber aircraft which could stay in the air for incredibly long periods of time.
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40. What's the name of this classic World War Two trainer that saw action before the war, during the war, and after the war?

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  1. Fokker Caddy T-10
  2. North American T-6 Texan
The T-6 is arguably the most important trainer ever invented. The plane was nicknamed 'the pilot maker' due to the vast amount of pilots who learned to fly in it prior to WW2.
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41. What's the name of this ginormous and incredibly powerful American bomber?

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  1. Consolidated B-24 Liberator
  2. Fairchild C-82 Packet
Many pilots voiced their issues with the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and claimed it was difficult to fly, however General Staff prefered this plane over the B-17 and had 18,500 produced - making it the world's most produced bomber, heavy bomber, multi-engine aircraft, and American military aircraft in history.
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42. This fighter jet is a carrier-based version of a famous British fighter plane from WW2. What's it called?

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  1. Supermarine Seafire
  2. Lightning Rod 7.3
The Supermarine Seafire was essentially a Spitfire that was modified to take off from aircraft carriers. The name Seafire was an abbreviation of the longer title Sea Spitfire.
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43. This British biplane torpedo bomber helped sink The Bismarck. What's it called?

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  1. Sydney S-4
  2. Fairey Swordfish
Ironically, despite its slow speeds, the Fairey Swordfish was incredibly hard to fight against as many German attackers would overshoot and miss the Swordfish.
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44. This RAF plane played multiple roles in the Second World War. What's it called?

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  1. Avro Anson
  2. Heinkel He 60
Over 11,000 were built between 1935 and 1968. Now there is only one Avro Anson still flying.
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45. Often nicknamed the Sky Train, what was the name of this gigantic WW2 plane?

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  1. Douglas DC-3 Dakota
  2. Boeing 747/UC-73
The Douglas DC-3 was the world's first successful commercial airliner and was adapted for military use during WW2. The plane was used for transporting fully armed paratroopers, wounded troops, military cargo, and anything else it could fit through its doors that weighed less than three tonnes.
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46. Amazingly, three of these significantly older aircraft successfully defended Malta against the Italian Air Force. What's it called?

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  1. Spartan UC-71 2000
  2. Gloster Gladiator
The RAF ace, Marmaduke 'Pat' Pattle, was the 'top gladiator' after taking down 15 planes in his trusty Gloster Gladiator. Pattle himself was shot down later in a Hawker Hurricane over Greece.
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47. This speedy British bomber was built entirely of wood and named after an insect, but what was it called?

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  1. De Havilland Mosquito
  2. Dornier Do 22
Unusually, the De Havilland Mosquito was made almost entirely from wood, earning it the nickname The Wooden Wonder. In 1941 the Mosquito was the fastest operational aircraft in the world, making it a serious threat to the Axis.
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48. This ugly looking aircraft was immediately outclassed by Japanese jets. What's it called?

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  1. Brewster F2A Buffalo
  2. Nakajima C6N
Although the Brewster F2A Buffalo was largely out of service for the US during WW2, many nations purchased them from America. Finland were the most successful with the Buffalo who were able to shoot down 32 Soviet fighters down for every B-239 lost.
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49. And finally! This German bomber was the most advanced aircraft of the entire war, what was it called?

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  1. North American F-6 Mustang
  2. Horten Ho 229
The Horten Ho 229 was a truly revolutionary design allowing the jet to reach unbelievable speeds of 800km/h. It is thought that the Horten Ho 229 heavily inspired the Stealth Bomber which is in use today.
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50. This US jet was used throughout WW2 and then well into the fifties. What was it called?

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  1. Spitfire
  2. Grumman F6F Hellcat
The aptly titled Hellcats destroyed 5,223 enemy planes and were the US' most dominant fighter jet during the second half of the war in the Pacific.
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