Luftwaffe Chief Hermann Goering’s Lament
The following statements were made during the war crimes
interrogation shortly after the war by Reichsmarschall
Hermann Goering, long-time chief of the Luftwaffe.
He poisoned himself in his cell before his death sentence
for war crimes could be carried out.
“I knew first that the Luftwaffe was losing control
of the air when the American long-range fighters were
able to escort the bombers as far as Hanover. It was not
long before they were getting to Berlin. We then knew
we must develop the jet planes. Our plan for their early
development was unsuccessful only because of
your bombing attacks.
“Allied attacks greatly affected our training program, too.
For instance, the attacks on oil retarded the training because
our new pilots couldn’t get sufficient training before they
were put into the air.
“I am convinced that the jet planes would have won the war
for us if we could have had only four or five months more
time. Our underground installations were ready. The factory
at Kahla had a capacity of 1,000 to 1,200 jet airplanes a
month. Now with 5,000 to 6,000 jets, the outcome would
have been quite different.
“We would have trained sufficient pilots for the jet planes
despite oil shortage, because we would have had
underground factories for oil, producing a sufficient
quantity for the jets. The transition to jets was very easy in
training. The jet pilot output was always ahead of the jet
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