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|Submitted by Tim Rossiter|
10:59 on 19 January 2009
|I wish the author would have included the aircraft type the German pilots flew, in the victory tables. Any reason why not?|
|Submitted by Rod Mackenzie|
17:49 on 20 January 2009
|...good question. |
There are several reasons:
1. space (the book is already well bigger than was originally planned)
2. the information is not always available because of a lack of documentation.
3. One of the aims of the book was to go through the process of matching claims to losses, hence why it is the claims that are listed.
4. how far does one go? Why not also include the variant, or the werknummer, or the kennzeichen, or the names of the rest of the crew? I know of readers who would like all of this information.
The same has been mentioned for tables of losses. Although it would've been nice to include such information, the same restrictions in 1. and 2. above apply. Added to this is the fact that because of the way the Luftwaffe reported/recorded it's losses, it is not always possible to know on what night an aircraft was lost or if the loss occurred during the night or day. This would make it very difficult to accurately summarise losses in tabular form within the structure of the nightly narratives, especially for the late war years.