Luftwaffe Night Fighter Units, 1939-45 (Aircam Airwar 9)
By Jerry Scutts
Publisher: Os Publishing 1978 48 Pages
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In common with other air forces of the period, the German Luftwaffe did Dot possess an organized night fighter force at the beginning of World War II; no specialized night fighter aircraft existed and those units that were engaged in the demanding art of nocturnal interception did so on an ad hoc basis, a situation that was to continue well into 1940. But that is not to say that the requirement for night fighting was totally overlooked; such was the confidence in German airpower being able to overcome all possible opposition in the early phases of the war, that it was estimated that the enemy would be forced to mount retaliatory operations only under cover of darkness. Thus, some groundwork was carried out before the war by a few fighter units charged with night flying, usually as a supplement to regular daylight operations.