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MB_Avro_UK
08-03-2007, 05:20 PM
Hi all,

Galland denies to a degree that he made this quote as in this clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjz8pAGRvsg&mode=related&search=

If I remember correctly, he admitted making a 'similar' quote. But with the intention of exposing the problems of LW fighters trying to perform close escort to the bombers.

But no RAF Wing Commander ever asked for a Squadron of Me 109s http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

MB_Avro_UK
08-03-2007, 05:20 PM
Hi all,

Galland denies to a degree that he made this quote as in this clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjz8pAGRvsg&mode=related&search=

If I remember correctly, he admitted making a 'similar' quote. But with the intention of exposing the problems of LW fighters trying to perform close escort to the bombers.

But no RAF Wing Commander ever asked for a Squadron of Me 109s http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

berg417448
08-03-2007, 05:27 PM
http://members.aol.com/geobat66/galland/quotes.htm

MB_Avro_UK
08-03-2007, 05:40 PM
Thanks berg417448 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

JG14_Josf
08-03-2007, 06:17 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Galland (http://members.aol.com/geobat66/galland/caldwell.htm): Why? He said we had the best fighter in the world. I said that the Spitfire was better able to slow down, because of its lower wing loading. It was also better able to turn at lower speeds. Our advantage was not in turning, but in flying straight ahead, diving, and climbing. Our turns were not tight enough. So when he said, "We have the best fighter in the world! Don't blame me!" I tried to tell him otherwise.

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WhtBoy
08-04-2007, 10:44 AM
From what I've heard/read, the LW pilots were often told near the end of the BoB that the RAF was down to the "...last fifty Spitfires...". I don't know if any pilots ever actually said it on operations but another one of the quotes I've read about from LW pilots is, "...here come those last fifty Spitfires...". It must have been disheartening to call out those last few Spits many, many, many times over.

That's what I always thought that Galland meant when he asked for Spitfires. He desired an aircraft that, no matter how many were shot down, there were always plenty more.

Of course, if he said it it's more likely he said in the context that, if ordered to fly close escort, the least high command could do was give them a squadron of Spitfires which was more suited to that task.

--Outlaw.

Chivas
08-04-2007, 10:49 AM
Just another case of one side thinking the other side is uber or cheating. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

HuninMunin
08-04-2007, 03:46 PM
He said it because it was rediculus for the fighter pilots that they had to fly in formation with Stukas and Heinkels in a plane build for offensive fighter sweep operations.
As GŁnther Rall put it: "It was pure madness. If you want to get a family of hedgehogs across a highway with cars speeding by you don't do it by flanking them left and right either.
You have to close the road."