This is a little corner of the site where we can share some history about the real men and machines of the Luftwaffe. It's not about Nazi's or cool uniforms, clicking heels, and the like. It's about the tough job these men were called to do and the aircraft that they were assigned to do it in.....
It's about coming to terms with non stop missions....of survival statistics that kept getting worse with every passing month. It's about struggling to stay alive in a raging war that in personal human terms, was as big as your unit and the comrades that supported you in combat. There are no concentration camps in this personal war.....no "final solutions". That will come later...after the dust settles and only to those men who were fortunate enough to survive.
In the end, the Luftwaffe Fighter Pilots would be shunned by a German People who blamed the devastation of ruined cities and thousands of civilian casualties on their inability to stop the bombing. They would be the "scapegoats" of a failed Reich, and like all of Germany, would forever carry the guilt of the genocide and atrocities.
"Jagdflieger (fighter crewman) The Luftwaffe produced all of the world's leading Experten (aces), a small number achieving three-figure totals of aerial victories that are never likely to be equalled. Even by night, a few were able to out-perform the best Allied pilots' daylight achievements. These men represented a tiny percentage of Luftwaffe fighter pilots, but today they too-frequently monopolize the attention of commentators.
The average fighter pilot was no ace. Like all fighter pilots of the day, he had undergone up to two years of training before his first combat mission. Many did not survive that first engagement; and for those who did, most of their subsequent combats were inconclusive. At best, the average pilot may have inflicted some damage on a few enemy aircraft, but he seldom brought one down. In time he might develop the necessary instincts to do so, but this was generally a slow process.
The one key difference between the Jagdflieger and his foreign contemporaries was the duration of his frontline service. Assuming he survived, he had no option but to continue in a task that most others endured for only a limited period; those Allied pilots who returned to squadron service after completing a tour of several months, and a period instructing or performing some other rear-area task, did so by choice. The odds were stacked against the German aircrews' survival; nevertheless, to most of the pilots, radio-operators and gunners, supported by their ground-crews, all that mattered was to be Jagdflieger." (Jagdflieger, Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot, 1939-1945, Robert Stedman)