The German Luftwaffe always fought without any reserves. This is also the reason why we have pilots with extremely high numbers of victories.
If we would have had the 262 at our disposal - even with all the delays - if we could have had in '44, ah, let's say three hundred operational, that day we could have stopped the American daytime bombing offensive, that's for sure.
We have many, many pilots which have been wounded twelve or fifteen times during the war, but we had to use them. They were constantly in combat.
I had to inspect all fighter units in Russia, Africa, Sicily, France, and Norway. I had to be everywhere.
Adolf Galland said that the day we took our fighters off the bombers and put them against the German fighters, that is, went from defensive to offensive, Germany lost the air war. I made that decision and it was my most important decision during World War II. As you can imagine, the bomber crews were upset. The fighter pilots were ecstatic.
General James H. Doolittle.
Adolf Galland was a living legend in the German air force of 1944. Galland's credentials as head of the German fighter forces stood imposing. His distinguished career spanned the entire war.
Danny S. Parker.
Galland was undoubtedly the most colorful and charismatic German fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain.
Well, if it hadn't been for chaps like him...we wouldn't have had a bloody Commonwealth Air Training Scheme.
Event organizer to Sir Douglas Bader, on Galland's being invited to a reunion of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan veterans.