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Jets and experten!
Those German jet combat aircraft of the Second World War [WW2] having a definite speed advantage of somewhat greater than one hundred miles per hour [one hundred sixty kilometers per hour] beyond that of most allied warplanes.
Speed in aerial combat a definite positive asset:
* When attacking, the pilot is more readily able to assume a positional advantage.
* When defending, the pilot is more readily able to escape from a positional disadvantage.
This is all INTUITIVE?
Secret [or merely new] weapons such as a jet combat warplane according to Wilhelm F. Flicke:
"It is an elementary observation that the employment of a new weapon can only be successful if:
1. "It comes as a surprise."
2. "It is used in great quantities."
German jet combat aircraft of WW2 not fulfilling either criteria. Allied intelligence able from a variety of sources to follow jet development. Numbers too not sufficient, too little and too late.
Galland having organized a jet-equipped squadron piloted by experten [those German pilots of the best ability and combat experience] ABLE TO TAKE FULL ADVANTAGE OF THOSE POSITIVE FEATURES OF THE Me-262!
Jet aircraft of the period NOT for the novice or inexperienced pilot! Much less for those not having combat hours!
AND the first combat by the Galland experten squadron those results not so absolutely overwhelming.
A formation of 1,300 American heavy bombers attacked by experten piloted jets, thirteen planes shot down. Three jets also lost to the American massed bomber organic defensive firepower!
THAT IS ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER OF AIRCRAFT [from that original 1,300] THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN LOST MERELY TO CRASHES ON LANDING OR TAKE-OFF, MID-AIR COLLISIONS, MECHANICAL MALFUNCTION!!
German experten during those latter months of the war too according to an acknowledged aviation expert:
"encouraged his [not necessarily so Galland] experten to stay out of battle so those survivors of the past four to six years of steady warfare could survive the last two or three months--knowing that the end was coming very soon. They engaged, but did not press when things did not look good."
AND even if the allied strategic bomber offensive had been thwarted by significant numbers of German jet warplanes taking to the air sooner the final outcome of the war would not have been much different? Allied war planners as a consequence rather concentrating on massed tactical aviation much in the manner of the Soviet air forces!