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WWII German Luftwaffe

WWII German Luftwaffe

At the onset of WWII in 1940, the German Luftwaffe was the strongest and most battle-experienced air force in the world. The Luftwaffe dominated the skies over Europe with aircraft much more advanced than their counterparts. The Luftwaffe was central to the German Blitzkrieg (lightning war) doctrine, as the close air support provided by various medium two-engine bombers, Stuka dive bombers and an overwhelming force of tactical fighters were key to several early successes.

Unlike the British and American Air Forces, the

Luftwaffe early on decided not to develope four-engine bombers in any significant numbers, and were thus unable to conduct an effective long-range strategic bombing campaign against either the Russians or the Western Allies when needed.
The new technology of radar was used effectively against the powerful German Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. It was the first time that German forces failed to achieve a major goal. So while Germany was on the leading edge of much technology during WWII, these two issues helped halt
the powerful German war machine.

  • The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was the most versatile and widely-produced fighter aircraft operated by the Luftwaffe. The kill ratio (almost 9:1) made this plane a superior German fighter during the war.
  • The Focke Wulf Fw 190 is considered one of the best fighters of World War II. A superb fighting machine, it soon gained a reputation and the nickname Butcher Bird.
  • The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka was a main asset for Blitzkrieg, able to place bombs with deadly accuracy.
    Name      Manufacturer   Product Status 
 Dornier Do-335      Dornier Do-335

 The Luftwaffe was desperate to get the design into operational use, but delays in engine deliveries meant only a handful were delivered before the war ended.
— possessed great potential as a combat aircraft, it simply ran out of time. ...

 
 
 Dornier Werke GmbH      (available)    

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 Focke Wulf Fw 190      Focke Wulf Fw 190

 By the end of the war more than 20,000 had been produced, and the FW 190 had become one of the world's great warplanes. ...

 
 
 Focke-Wulf      (available)    

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 Focke Wulf Fw 190 [gen]      Focke Wulf Fw 190 [gen]

 RAF pilots began to encounter this new fighter and described it as being fast -- it maneuvered unlike anything they?ve ever seen before.
— this was the mysterious new super fighter they'd been hearing so much about… what they didn?t know was just how much of a shock the FW190 had in store for them. ...

 
 
 Focke-Wulf      (available)    

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 Messerschmitt Bf 109      Messerschmitt Bf 109

 The Messerschmitt Bf 109 began as an entry in a Luftwaffe fighter competition in the early 1930s. Willy Messerschmitt's creation incorporated one of the most advanced aerodynamic designs at the time, with retractable landing gear, automatic slats, cantilever wings and stressed skin construction. ...

 
 
 Messerschmitt      (available)    

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 Messerschmitt Bf 109 [gen]      Messerschmitt Bf 109 [gen]

 — the Luftwaffe's benchmark fighter throughout World War II. The vast majority of German aces did their fighting in the Bf 109 and it scored more victories than any other Axis fighter. ...

 
 
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