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It had been introduced in but was still around to shoot down a German jet aircraft Me in It became the symbol of the Battle of Britain.

The Hurricane was larger and slower, but like the Spitfire, it could turn inside the Bf Bf pilots, if they could, attacked from altitude, which gave them an advantage.

The RAF had several force multipliers, the most important of which was radar. The official British term for it was "RDF," for radio direction finding, before a changeover in to match the American usage of "radar. The German Navy made limited use of radar.

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However, the incompetent Udet had rejected radar for the Luftwaffe in because it did not fit with his notions of air combat. Britain had a chain of 29 RDF stations along its southern and eastern coastlines.

The radar was effective for more than miles out. The RAF knew when and where to respond, and could delay scrambling its fighters until the last moment.

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Unbeknownst to Berlin, Britain had cracked the high-level German "Enigma" code. The intelligence product derived from these intercepts was called "Ultra.

Yet another RAF force multiplier was high-octane fuel. When the war began, both the Luftwaffe and the RAF were using 87 octane aviation fuel. Mainly, this path was chosen to encourage a more flexible use of air power and offer the ground forces the right conditions for a decisive victory.

Despite this Udet helped change the Luftwaffe's tactical direction towards fast medium bombers to destroy enemy air power in the battle zone rather than through industrial bombing of its aviation production. During Kesselring's time as CS, —, a power struggle developed between the two as Udet attempted to extend his own power within the Luftwaffe.

Along with Albert Kesselring, Udet was responsible for establishing the design trend of German aircraft. Udet's focus was on tactical army support air forces The failure of the Luftwaffe to progress further towards attaining a strategic bombing force was attributable to several reasons. Many in the Luftwaffe command believed medium bombers to be sufficient power to launch strategic bombing operations against Germany's most likely enemies; France, Czechoslovakia , and Poland.

General der Flieger Hellmuth Felmy , commander of Luftflotte 2 in , was charged with devising a plan for an air war over the British Isles. Felmy was convinced that Britain could be defeated through morale bombing. Felmy noted the alleged panic that had broken out in London during the Munich crisis , evidence he believed of British weakness.

A second reason was technical. German designers had never solved the issues of the Heinkel He A's design difficulties, brought on by the requirement from its inception on 5 November to have moderate dive bombing capabilities in a meter wingspan aircraft. In addition, OKL had not foreseen the industrial and military effort strategic bombing would require. By the Luftwaffe was not much better prepared than its enemies to conduct a strategic bombing campaign, [39] with fatal results during the Battle of Britain.

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Germany imported most of its essential materials for rebuilding the Luftwaffe, in particular rubber and aluminium.

Petroleum imports were particularly vulnerable to blockade. Germany pushed for synthetic fuel plants, but still failed to meet demands.

In Germany imported more fuel than it had at the start of the decade. German industry could build two medium bombers for one heavy bomber and the RLM would not gamble on developing a heavy bomber which would also take time. The Sudeten Crisis highlighted German unpreparedness to conduct a strategic air war although the British and French were in a much weaker position , and Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe be expanded to five times its earlier size.

Felmy concluded it was not possible until bases in Belgium and the Netherlands were obtained and the Luftwaffe had heavy bombers. It mattered little, as war was avoided by the Munich Agreement, and the need for long-range aircraft did not arise. All first saw active service in the Condor Legion against Soviet-supplied aircraft. The Luftwaffe also quickly realized the days of the biplane fighter were finished, the Heinkel He 51 being switched to service as a trainer.

Particularly impressive were the Heinkel and Dornier, which fulfilled the Luftwaffe's requirements for bombers that were faster than s-era fighters, many of which were biplanes or strut-braced monoplanes. Despite the participation of these aircraft mainly from onward , it was the venerable Junkers Ju 52 which soon became the backbone of the Transportgruppen that made the main contribution.

It is the aircraft which the Spanish revolution has to thank for its victory.

The latter could achieve far better accuracy against tactical ground targets than heavier conventional bombers. Range was not a key criterion for this mission. It was not always feasible for the Army to move heavy artillery over recently captured territory to bombard fortifications or support ground forces, and dive bombers could do the job faster.

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Dive bombers, often single-engine two-man machines, could achieve better results than larger six or seven-man aircraft, at a tenth of the cost and four times the accuracy.

This led to Udet championing the dive bomber, particularly the Junkers Ju The tactical strike aircraft programs were meant to serve as interim solutions until the next generation of aircraft arrived. In the Junkers Ju 52 was the backbone of the German bomber fleet.

The Ju 86 was poor while the He showed most promise. The Spanish Civil War convinced Udet along with limited output from the German munitions industry that wastage was not acceptable in munition terms. Udet sought to build dive bombing into the Junkers Ju 88 and conveyed the same idea, initiated specifically by OKL for the Heinkel He , approved in early November In the case of the Ju 88, 50, modifications had to be made.

The weight was increased from seven to twelve tons. Udet merely conveyed OKL's own dive bombing capability request to Ernst Heinkel concerning the He , who vehemently opposed such an idea, which ruined its development as a heavy bomber.

The Luftwaffe's strength at this time stood at , personnel , flying troops, , in the Flak Corps and 58, in the Signals Corps.

Aircraft strength was 4, operational aircraft: 1, bombers, dive bombers, fighters, heavy fighters, and transports.One should, however, neither overestimate nor be blinded by technical exploits and remarkable achievements.

Jumo had several factories all over Germany and produced piston engines e.

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The soldier and the sailor had inherited a wealth of precedent by which they could be taught the rudiments of their trade, but it was very different with aviators. Some German designers also experimented with forward sweep e.

It made several designs which were used during World War I. In short, the reader will encounter in these pages almost all Luftwaffe aircraft.

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