World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE SKIES: Last Gasp

Allied air forces kept a careful death watch over the Luftwaffe last week. There were a few last gasps of fight left in the once-mighty German giant, but as a cohesive, organized force it was as good as buried. In a few weeks it had been whittled down from 14,000 to probably less than 3,000 planes. Most of those remaining were dispersed piecemeal, many without hope of fuel. Perhaps the number operable in the final stages of Germany's stand was less than 1,000.

Allied airmen would always remember April 1945. In its first 17 days they had knocked out 4,139...

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