Luftwaffe's biggest mistakes?

Nov 2014
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What were the Luftwaffe's biggest mistakes in hindsight? If they did all the big things correctly, could the Luftwaffe have mitigated the damage from the Allied bombing campaigns?
 
Apr 2019
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Goering asked Hitler to allow the Luftwaffe to deal with the allies at Dunkirk. There capture may have been a significant bargaining counter against Britain. Instead they mostly escaped.
 
Oct 2016
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Merryland
too many resources into the ME 110
lack of heavy bomber. the Junkers 88 / Dornier / Heinkel 111 were decent tactical bombers but not big enough for strategic work. (certainly not the Stuka).
I recall a quote from a Luftwaffe general who said after the war they lost because of '10,000 unbuilt fighter planes' (not sure about the number).
not making plywood plane (as the Brits did with the Mosquito)
 
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Jul 2016
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too many resources into the ME 110
lack of heavy bomber. the Junkers 88 / Dornier / Heinkel 111 were decent tactical bombers but not big enough for strategic work. (certainly not the Stuka).
I recall a quote from a Luftwaffe general who said after the war they lost because of '10,000 unbuilt fighter planes' (not sure about the number).
not making plywood plane (as the Brits did with the Mosquito)
There was really only two countries who could afford to conduct strategic bombing to any degree that would have been successful, and one of them (UK) could only really do it with the assistance of the other (US). Germany definitely wouldn't have been able to pursue it to any meaningful degree, especially since they clearly made the mistake of shifting their available strategic weapons, V1-2 weapons, to terror strikes instead of going after legitimate targets that might have actually affected the war (industry, logistics, ports, etc).
 

Davidius

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Dec 2010
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How about introducing the Me262 as a fighter jet and not as a bomber in 1942?
By that stage of the conflict it was too late anyway.
The Me262 required far too much specialist tech and the allied bombing campaign ensured the disruption of supply and logistics.
Add in the critical shortage of experienced pilots to fly them and the idea becomes just another wunderwaffen fantasy.
 

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How about introducing the Me262 as a fighter jet and not as a bomber in 1942?
It still had too many mechanical flaws. Releasing it too early would have caused major problems, similarly to any piece of equipment released before they work out major bugs.
 
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