used the term for the trainer mentioned below because it sounded like a Maytag
washing machine engine. But then I guess not too many people remember when
washing machines had gas engines, back before electricity.
The P51 was called the Maytag Messerschmit
because many of its parts were built by Maytag.
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Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2002 6:12
Subject: Re: Shturmovik Il-2 and
In a message dated
10/15/02 4:24:29 PM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
I was attacked 3 times from the air. once by a P-51, once by
an A-26 and, one night by what was dubbed "The Maytag Messershmit," which
sounded like a biplane trainer. He threw mortar shells over. No damage
that I heard of.
That was probably
the 1920's vintage PO-2 aircraft that continued to heckle UN forces
throughout the war. It was a wooden frame fabric covered biplane bomber,
which at one point in the war was credited with destroying more US fighter
aircraft than MiGs, attacking airfields with its bombs.