On Schedule

by "Vista"

Germany is making various frantic efforts to increase her airplane production, realizing that American plane plants have already caught up with her peak in 1941, and are now well on the way to building more planes than the whole Axis put together. Most of these frantic efforts have been the jailing or shooting of Germany's airplane plant managers, who were summarily ordered to meet America's tide with poor materials, worn out machines and men who have nothing to fight for.

The Nazi's peak, around July 1941, is generally said to have been some 3,500 planes per month, but the constant deterioration of plants and labor have reduced this to about 2,700, with the index still going down, as they try to match British and American products. To this trickle can be added some 600 Italian planes (mostly for training and an occasional flight of the Duce), and probably another 600 for Japan, or a grand total of perhaps 4,000 per month.

England and Canada, together with Australia, are now producing well over 3,000 per month, Russia is adding another 3,000 to the growing forces, and America, admittedly a late starter in the race, is running slightly ahead of schedule for this year's 60,000 planes.

The German output will also feel the effects of some of the latest bombings, which at last are on a scale where they have a lasting effect, while the retooling for such planes as the Focke Wulf Fw-190, now replacing the obsolete 109-Fs and -Gs, and Blohm and Voss' "asymmetrical"plane, of doubtful value, cannot have helped.

All in all, the plane production picture is very happy for the United Nations, who with undoubted air superiority for the first time since 1939, can repay damage with interest.

This report is excerpted from the sidebar to the "Aviation Abroad" column in the June, 1942, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 41, no 6, p 233.