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Fighters of Luftwaffe JG54 in action against USAAF B-17's

One of the Luftwaffe's elite units

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Added: Jan-24-2009 
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  • Fantastic video

    No matter they were fighting for a lunatic, these men were heroic and noble

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  • My Uncle Johnny fought german during WW2 not in the air but on the ground, he hit Normandy three days after D-day and was shot in the face by an MG-42 in the Bocahe area, He survived I asked him what the German troops were like and he said "The German soldiers I faced were the meanest, toughest people he ever met, they were so mean they were almost like wild animals", he stated he hated them and still does, BUT he said, "They were damned good soldiers."

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  • There's something about the sound of an alarmed Nazi narrator that reminds me of Benny Hill but I can't quite put my finger on it.

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  • Those guys had nerve, I have to give them that.

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  • Good effort, but it barely slowed the onslaught of US and British air forces. To many bombers and to few German aircraft and more importantly experienced pilots.

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  • There goes the siren that warns of the air raid
    Then comes the sound of the guns sending flak
    Out for the scramble weve got to get airborne
    Got to get up for the coming attack.

    Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines
    Remove all the wheelblocks theres no time to waste
    Gathering speed as we head down the runway
    Gotta get airborne before its too late.

    Running, scrambling, flying
    Rolling, turning, diving, going in again
    Run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die
    Run, live to fly, f More..

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  • doesn't matter how many b-17's or lancasters were shot down...the allies won the war.

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  • These guys almost killed my grand daddy, so I almost wasn't born because of these guys. But I don't hold a grudge.

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  • The Germans are brilliant. Think about it. Everything they thought of, we have adopted. Their helmets, their rockets, their bombs etc.

    Many Allied soldiers died to free us from technology under a madman's rule. Now, we use the same technology and we have begun to invade and destroy for the same purposes the Third Reich did: Power, Greed, and to test our weapons.

    If such order and technology could be used to advance our species. Yet, all republics rot from the inside out.

    Sorry More..

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  • im surprised you dont see return fire from the 17s

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    • I was thinking the same thing. While the Germans shredded B-17 squadrons during daylight, it was still difficult to get that close to a B-17 without taking a considerable amount of fire.

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    • Thats because these guys where good. They knew specifically where the gunner positions where and targeted those first. Usually the tail gunner was taken out by lead plane from the top or bottom position while the wingman sat back and chewed the engines up

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  • When the 8th AF Bombing Group equipped their fighters planes with wing tanks to provide fighter cover for those bombers, all of a sudden the Luftwaffe wasn't so tough anymore. Then those P-51's and P-47's ruled the skies and the FW's and ME's met some trained pilots as good as the Luftwaffe.

    By the way, those Yanks flew the daylight bombing raids. The Brits flew the nighttime bombing missions. To go up in those flying boxcars those men had to possess balls of steel.

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  • How does this story end..see P51 video..kraut lovers

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    • this must be from the early years when the US and Brit fighters didn't have the range to escort the bomber well into Germany, they should show the video of the German pilots who were so desperate they had to crash their airplanes into US bombers in order to bring them down, peace mate.

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    • SPOT ON, But you don't see vids like this towards the END of the war..you see the krauts going down in flames.
      SPITfire and Hurricanes also knocked the schit out of them too!

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    • TOTALLY CORRECT---they sang a different song when the Mustangs arrived on the scene !!!!

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    • Problem with Spitties and Hurricanes they were designed for metropolitan defence only, didn't have the range to secort the bombers (one reason why the RAF concentrated on night bombing). What happened then was the Luftwaffe wouldn't attack until the escorts returned, usually about on the German border.

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    • My guess-sometime from March to October 1943.

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  • Jagdgeschwader 54 zum dienst.

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  • peace mate? ...desperate but true blooded germanic warriors ,you hippie queer

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  • Only a few fighters against thousands of bombers. Lets face it, these gun camera movies were done prior to the introduction of the P38 and P51.

    When those two fighters entered the fray, it was the German fighters getting their ass's shot up!

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  • Looks like Adolf Galland at 1.03. He pops up everywhere in these newsreels. A great tool for moral during the German war years.

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  • There's something very tragic in watching these old black and white movies. Tragedy and grace. All those kids, because that's all they were, strapping themselves into those deathtraps and flying off never to return.

    I could not even begin to imagine how these men, on both sides, must've felt everytime those wheels left the ground. So much of what Hollywood 'action' portrays is utter bullshit with first shoot kills etc. but this is the real deal. The image of that poor kid dropping out of the More..

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    • You hit that spot on...my grandmother received 2 telegrams during the last war talling her of 2 of my uncles deaths. Never saw either of them again. My father missed them like hell. There is nothing glamarous about war, only loss and sadness.

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  • Heck, even I can hit a bomber with a slingshot, it would be a shame if the krauts missed. Now, here's the real question, where's the footage where the krauts went head on against the spitfires and/or aircobras? Oh wait, maybe the footage is limited because not many krauts made it back.. hmmm...

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  • some good old ownage!
    but we fought the wrong enemy, if not for idiot Hitler, our people have a lot in common, german americans are such a big part of our history!
    Thugs are our enemy, put these guys in those plane and shoot them down http://www.dreamindemon.com/2007/10/25/emily-haddock-murder-another-racial-hush-crime/

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  • I'll bet 90% of those german guys were dead within 2 years of this video

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  • Some of the Footage shows some desperate pilots firing off rounds from a far distance, probably to much return fire from the 17's to get close enough. I love German WW2 military technology!!! to bad it was all lost fighting for a physco

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  • Not bad footage...but still Germany suffered in their Air force alone 433,000 deaths/missing as for the United States was 88,000. These Pilots may have been brave but we were much braver and smarter in all aspects. All you see here is un-skilled Pilots pulling off desperate maneuvers against an unbeatable force. The old Germany sucks ass and all its people as well.

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    • Wow, you are an ignorant fool. America wasn't the only airforce taking on the Nazi's, and the Nazi's were fighting a lot longer than the U.S airforce was.

      U.S 8th Air Force:
      Fired 76.9 million rounds of .50 caliber
      Fired .7 million rounds of .30 caliber
      Downed 6090 enemy aircraft
      Had an average of 1 enemy plane shot down for each 12,700 rounds fired (1/12,700)

      U.S 15th Air Force:
      Fired 30 million rounds of .50 caliber.
      Downed 2110 enemy aircraft.
      Had an average of 1/14,200.

      The Germans' aver More..

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    • Thats ok I only chose to reflect the casualties of two sides.....Doesn't matter anyway because we won they lost case closed. Thats not ignorance that is truth

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    • lawl. television is not the place to learn history.

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    • You must be fairly old, from your comments.

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    • WTF is this "you" and "the rest of us" horseshit? WTF did you do in WW2? You fuckin geek. Keep your dorky ass fantasies to yourself. "The rest of us" LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

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  • wow german is such a poetic language

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  • Experten of the JG54 sent many hundreds of enemy machines to the ground.

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  • If you understand German, you can hear the propaganda lies like "the bomber is hit severely and drifts off to the left" (no, the fighter clearly turns to the right) or "after bing hit, the bomber's crew ejects" (no, that was debris).

    Since these films were shown as "Wochenschau" news reels in cinemas, there was no way to jog back a few frames to have a closer look. I'm so happy that this regime got what it deserved - but 60 million dead people too late.

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