33k in the air
- Jan 31, 2021
But he does point out, correctly that the P-47 was responsible for crippling the Luftwaffe before the Merlin powered P-51 was a factor.
The high-water mark for the Luftwaffe's fighters was April 1944, a month in which it shot down 669 American aircraft. It is after that month that the Luftwaffe's fighter fortunes rapidly declined while American strength continued to grow.
Up through April 1944 combined ETO and MTO losses to enemy fighters paralleled the number of combat sorties U.S. forces were flying. Afterward, however, losses plunged relative to combat sorties.