World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: Where is the Luftwaffe?

How successful the R.A.F. offensive against Germany is in keeping the German air force away from Russia is anybody's guess. But one reasonably informed guesstimate came last week from Peter Masefield, aviation expert of the London Sunday Times. He calculates that more than two-thirds of Hermann Göring's battlers are being held in Europe and Africa to fight off the British. His guess at the disposition of Nazi air strength:

France and the Low Countries, 1,050 first-line planes;

Norway, 300;

Italy and Sicily, 700;

North Africa, 500;

Greece and Crete, 100;

Germany, 400.

Total R.A.F....

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