Germany will run out of fighter planes by Christmas 1943. This was one London observer's conclusion after balancing current German losses against estimates of German production and the German stockpile.
Losses reported last week were enough to make Marshal Göring break into a cold sweat. The U.S. Eighth Air Force proclaimed that it had shot down 631 Nazi fighters during August, a record for one month. Of the total, Flying Fortresses claimed the most (541).*
Further August destruction by the Britain-based R.A.F., by the Middle East Command and by the Allied Northwest African Command, brought the total of destroyed Nazi fighters to 1,329.