Best piston engine fighter of WWII

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    What is the best piston engine fighter of WWII, separate answers acceptable for early war, mid war, late war, and also for different types of fighters, ex short range interceptors, long range escorts, fighter bombers, air superiority fighters, etc
     
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    its a very hard question.

    Best early war naval fighter, Zero A6M2
    Best early war land fighter, Spitfire IIb
    Best mid war naval fighter, F6F Hellcat
    Best mid war land fighter, BF109G / P51D Mustang / ki-84 Hayate
    Best late war land fighter, FW190A8
    Best attack fighter, Tempest / P47 / FW190

    I think, the overall most versatile air frame that is competent in all roles assigned is the FW190

    Now, the early jets.. P80 vs. ME 262 vs. Gloster Meteor..... I am edging towards the Meteor....
     
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    Single engine fighter

    Agree A6M is the best early war naval fighter through early 1943
    I think Spitfire II, while good, is slightly over rated against Bf109E. Bf109E is the best early war land fighter through 1941. In 1942 it was FW-190A
    Agree F6F Hellcat is the best naval fighter 1943-1944
    Best low to medium altitude fighter 1943 is a even match between the Soviet Yak-9 and FW-190A
    Best medium to high altitude fighter 1943 is even match between Spitfire IX and BF109G
    Best low to medium altitude fighter 1944 is hawker Tempest
    Best medium to high altitude fighter 1944 is even match between P-51D, P-47D, Spitfire XIV, FW-190D, and Ki-84.
    In 1945 KI-100 and TA-152H are the best dog fighter and best high altitude fighters respectively.

    Best twin engine heavy fighter:

    1939-1941: P-38
    1941-1945: split Mosquito and P-38
    1945: Do335

    Best true night fighter (quality as fighter)

    1941: Beaufighter
    1942: BF110
    1943-1944: HE219
    1945: H-219 and P-61.
     
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    Must doubt about Ki-84&100. With poor engines and avigas, and also poor aerodynamic to Ki-100, their speed performance is far inferior to Allied counterparts. This means the choice to engage or to disengage was not belonging to them when facing an experienced rival in a fair encounter. But, well, greeners were more than veterans. They were easy to be lured into a dog fight in which the Jap fighters were good at. This made these two oxcarts sounds able.
     
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