A map of the distance WW2 fighters can fly from the UK mainland.
Spitfire (175 miles)
A British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force. Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. The Spitfire’s distinctive elliptical wing to have the thinnest possible cross-section, helping give the aircraft a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters.
Maximum speed: 370 mph (595 km/h). Combat radius: 470 mi (756 km). Ferry range: 1,135 mi (1,827 km). Service ceiling: 36,500 ft (11,125 m). Rate of climb: 2,600 ft/min (13.2 m/s). Wing loading: 27.35 lb/ft2 (133.5 kg/m2). Power/mass: 0.22 hp/lb (0.36 kW/kg). Unit cost: £12,604 / $50,955 (1944).
Thunderbolt (230 miles)
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was effective as a short-to-medium range escort fighter in high-altitude air-to-air combat and ground attack. Its primary armament was eight .50-caliber machine guns and in the fighter-bomber ground-attack role, it could carry five-inch rockets or a bomb load of 2,500 pounds (1,103 kg). When fully loaded the Thunderbolt weighed up to eight tons (tonnes) making it one of the heaviest fighters of the war.
Maximum speed: 433 mph (697 km/h). Range: 800 mi combat, 1,800 mi ferry (1,290 km / 2,900 km). Service ceiling: 43,000 ft (13,100 m). Rate of climb: 3,180 ft/min (16.15 m/s). Wing loading: 42.43 lb/ft2 (207 kg/m2). Power/mass: 0.204 hp/lb (335 W/kg). Unit cost: $83,000 (1944).
Thunderbolt with added belly tank (375 miles)
Lightning (520 miles)
The Lockheed P-38 Lightning is an American piston-engined fighter aircraft which used for interception, dive bombing, level bombing, ground attack, night fighting, photo reconnaissance, radar and visual pathfinding for bombers and evacuation missions, and extensively as a long-range escort fighter when equipped with drop tanks under its wings. The P-38 was unusually quiet for a fighter since the exhaust was muffled by the turbo-superchargers. It was extremely forgiving and could be mishandled in many ways but the rate of roll in the early versions was too low for it to excel as a dogfighter.
Maximum speed: 414 mph (666 km/h). Range: 1,300 mi (2,100 km) combat (1,770 mi / 3,640 km. Service ceiling: 44,000 ft (13,400 m). Rate of climb: 4,750 ft/min (24.1 m/s). Wing loading: 53.4 lb/ft (260.9 kg/m²). Power/mass: 0.16 hp/lb (0.27 kW/kg). Unit cost: $97,147 (1944).
Mustang (over 600 miles)
The P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber. During World War II, Mustang pilots claimed to have destroyed 4,950 enemy aircraft. The Mustang remained in service with some air forces until the early 1980s.
Maximum speed: 440 mph (708 km/h). Range: 1,650 mi (2,656 kilometres). Service ceiling: 41,900 ft (12,800 m). Rate of climb: 3,200 ft/min (16.3 m/s). Wing loading: 39 lb/sqft (192 kg/m²). Power/mass: 0.18 hp/lb (300 W/kg). Unit cost: $50,985.