Vol. XL (2), p.17 (1991)
I have the following comments on this most regrettable and
irresponsible affair, based on my own experience:
first half of 1944 Major von Kornatzki proposed ramming
tactics against American heavy bombers to me in my capacity
as General der Jagdflieger. At that time I was able to convince
him that ramming was unnecessary, because fighters that
were able to approach very near the bombers were absolutely
certain to shoot them down, and then had a chance for their
own survival. Subsequently the very successful "Sturmjaeger
tactics and technique" evolved from this original ramming
idea. It is thus partially correct to call von Kornatzki
the "spiritual father" of the Sturmjaeger (not
second half of 1944 Oberst Hajo Herrmann raised the issue
of ramming tactics with me once more. To my question as
to the role he would assign himself on such a ramming mission,
he said that he had ruled out a personal role as leader
of the ramming unit in the air.
the ramming, or "self-sacrifice" mission, using
the same arguments I had used with von Kornatzki, but I
was duty bound to inform Goering, who shared my attitude.
Shortly thereafter Goering confirmed that Hitler also opposed
self-sacrifice missions for the German military. For the
rest of my period of service as General der Jagdflieger,
talk of ramming, or self-sacrifice missions, was banished
from the table. The Sturmjaeger, however, continued to carry
out successfully their costly, difficult duty.
that it is our duty to answer these questions... as to the
true course of events, re-evaluating the evidence from today's
point of view.