Wings of the Luftwaffe – Me-262 – Swallow

Development of the ME-262; a fighter so advanced, that had Hitler not insisted on it being made into an offensive bomber, could have changed the course of WW II.  The ME-262 was finally operational in the summer of 1944, a full year later than it would have been without interference.  It is significant that the Schweinfurt raid, known as Black Thursday, with the loss of sixty plus B-17’s, causing the allies to cease further operations for several weeks, occurred in August 1943.

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