Luftwaffe serviceable aircraft strengths (1940–45)

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The following table summarizes the operational strength of the German air force, or Luftwaffe, by general category of aircraft. The period covered is World War II from 1940 to 1945, starting at the time of the Battle of Britain.

Class: \ Date: 17-Aug-40 24-Jun-41 27-Jul-42 17-May-43 31-May-44 Class: \ Date: 10-Jan-45 9-Apr-45
Single-engine fighters 787 898 945 980 1063 Single-engined fighters 1469 1305
Twin-engine fighters 219 105 58 114 151 Twin-engined fighters n/a n/a
Night fighters 63 148 203 378 572 Night fighters 808 485
Fighter-bombers 119 124 40 216 278 Anti-shipping aircraft 83 n/a
Ground attack aircraft n/a n/a 19 61 352 Ground attack aircraft 613 712
Dive-bombers 294 260 249 413 n/a Dive-bombers n/a n/a
Night harassment aircraft n/a n/a n/a n/a 305 Night harassment aircraft 302 215
Twin-engine bombers 960 931 1119 1269 841 Multi-engine bombers 294 37
Four-engine bombers 7 4 41 33 97
Reconnaissance aircraft 185 282 188 215 153 Reconnaissance aircraft 176 143
Army cooperation aircraft 135 388 209 251 210 Army cooperation aircraft 293 309
Coastal aircraft 162 76 64 149 123 Coastal aircraft 60 45
Transport aircraft 226 212 365 414 719 Transport aircraft 269 10
Kampfgeschwader 200 (misc. aircraft) n/a n/a n/a n/a 65 Kampfgeschwader 200 (misc. aircraft) 206 70
Totals: 3157 3428 3500 4493 4929 Totals: 4573 3331

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References and links[edit]

  • Alfred Price. Luftwaffe Data Book. 1997.