And most of these pilots were lost during the first five flights.
I could not claim them because I was not supposed to be flying in combat.
It's unbelievable what one squadron of twelve aircraft did to tip the balance.
According to Goering and the Luftwaffe High Command, they were supposed to be the fighter elite.
This would only come if you have a revolutionary change in technology like the jet brought about.
Nine g's is good, if the pilot can stand it. We couldn't stand it. Not in the airplanes of World War II.
I had to inspect all fighter units in Russia, Africa, Sicily, France, and Norway. I had to be everywhere.
Only in the spirit of attack, born in a brave heart, will bring success to any fighter aircraft, no matter how highly developed it may be.
We had at our disposal the first operational jet, which superseded by at least 150 knots the fastest American and English fighters. This was a unique situation.
Of course, the outcome of the war would not have been changed. The war was lost perhaps, when it was started. At least it was lost in the winter of '42, in Russia.