American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe’s by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel

By Wolfgang W. E. Samuel

American Raiders: The Race to seize the Luftwaffe’s secrets and techniques КНИГИ ;ВОЕННАЯ ИСТОРИЯ Издательство: The collage Press of MississippiАвтор(ы): Wolfgang W. E. SamuelЯзык: EnglishГод издания: 2004Количество страниц: 513ISBN: 1-57806-649-2Формат: pdf (e-book)Размер: 4,33 mbAmerican Raiders presents a glimpse of the complicated tale of the disarmament of the Luftwaffe after its defeat within the spring and the exploitation of its aeronautical secrets and techniques. Disarmament and exploitation have been fantastically separate acts carried out through precise organizational entities created for these particular reasons. The umbrella plan lower than which the disarmament of the Luftwaffe was once carried out was once Operation Eclipse. Eclipse took over the place Overlord left off, Overlord having been the plan which supplied for the invasion of Europe as much as the defeat of the enemy, whereas Eclipse coated the disarmament and everlasting army neutralization of Nazi Germany. For American airmen tasked to take advantage of the aeronautical secrets and techniques of the 3rd Reich, Operation Lusty supplied the authority, course, and notion of operation. those teams, the disarmers and the exploiters,worked hand in glove, one feeding the opposite, and by means of doing so ensured each one other’s luck. even supposing the method because it opened up was once whatever yet orderly, they succeeded of their respective projects past anyone’s expectancies. RAPIDили IFOLDER eighty five

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Most fighter pilots, whether German, American, or British, were very young. Upon Nowotny’s death Jagdgeschwader , JG , Fighter Wing , was formed from the remnants of Nowotny’s group of Me- flyers. The Me- which shot down Charlie Johnson’s B- over Hamburg on the afternoon of March , , with a salvo of twenty-four  mm RLM  rockets belonged to JG . The st Air Division lost three B-s to the German jets that March day over Hamburg, an insignificant number for a force of over three hundred bombers.

Allied air forces swept before them anything the Luftwaffe managed to put up. The Jagdflieger couldn’t remember anymore when they had had enough fuel, spare parts, or well-trained replacements to make up for the steady attrition that sapped the morale of all but the most steely nerved. By the summer of  the Jagdflieger were at the end of their ropes; fatalism took over when morale faltered. Then, suddenly, a jet fighter entered their inventory that was superior to anything the Allies could muster.

The Luftwaffe ran out of resources, out of real estate, and out of time to develop a coherent training program for its new jet pilots, much less come up with effective tactics against Allied fighters and bombers by the time the aircraft became available in increasing numbers in late . Young German pilots were lucky to get one brief flight in the new jet before launching on their first operational mission. The resultant accident rate for the Me- was high. Captain Eric Brown notes, “While obviously proud of the Me-, the German pilots were equally obviously somewhat apprehensive of it and especially of the two-seat night fighting version.

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