Luftwaffe

The Luftwaffe (German pronunciation: [ˈlʊftvafə] (About this soundlisten)) was the aerial warfare branch of the combined German Wehrmacht military forces during World War II. Germany‘s military air arms during World War I, the Luftstreitkräfte of the Army and the Marine-Fliegerabteilung of the Navy had been disbanded in May 1920 as a result of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles which stated that Germany was forbidden to have any air force.

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Aircraft 119,871 (total production)
Personnel 3,400,000 (total in service at any time for 1939–45) 

According to the General Staff of the Wehrmacht the losses of the flight personnel until February 1945 amounted to: 

  • KIA: 6,527 officers and 43,517 enlisted men
  • WIA: 4,194 officers and 27,811 enlisted men
  • MIA: 4,361 officers and 27,240 enlisted men

total: 15,082 officers and 98,568 enlisted men

According to official statistics, total Luftwaffe casualties, including ground personnel, amounted to 138,596 killed and 156,132 missing through 31 January 1945.

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Focke-Wulf Fw 190

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Messerschmitt Bf 109

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Messerschmitt Bf 110

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Messerschmitt Me 323 Gigant

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Arado Ar 234 Blitz

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Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger

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Heinkel He 177 Greif

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Heinkel He 111

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Dornier Do 17

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Junkers Ju 188

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Blohm & Voss BV 138

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Focke-Wulf Fw 189 Uhu

Focke-Wulf Fw 200 C Condor

Hermann Göring, the first Supreme Commander of the Luftwaffe

Robert Ritter von Greim, the second and last Supreme Commander of the Luftwaffe

Oberst Edgar Petersen, the head of the Luftwaffes Erprobungsstellen network of test facilities late in WW II

 

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