Hello everyone, I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Sunday, because I sure am! I have been studying, reading, watching, and learning about WW2 for about 12 years. In that 12 year span, the focal point of my studies have been and always will be, aviation's role in the war. I know of pretty much every major air operation in every theater, both Axis and Allied in nature, I can identify and give specifications on a little more than 100 aircraft that served in the conflict, and I have met over 30 WW2 vets who in some way were apart of the air war. So I have a pretty in depth knowledge on the subject as a result of my interest in powered flight and air combat (I say that in the humblest way possible). Despite the amount of information I do know, like everything in life, there is always more for me to learn and understand, and even get wrong. Today I am wondering how the possession of a reliable and effective long range bomber, would have changed the war for the Luftwaffe. As I'm sure a majority of you know, The allies, mainly the USAAF and RAF, used heavy four-engine bombers to strike at strategic locations deep behind enemy territory hindering the logistics and creation of war materials to the various fronts the Germans were operating from. The Luftwaffe never had the same luxury for countless reasons. Before I get into these reasons though, I want to point out the main bombers the Luftwaffe possessed throughout the war, and compare them with the Allies heavy bombers in 2 categories, bomb load (in pounds) and range (in miles). Bomb load (Ibs, Internal capacity) Range (Miles) Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress 17,600 Ibs 2,000 miles Consolidated B-24 Liberator 19,500 Ibs 2,100 miles Boeing B-29 Superfortress 20,000 Ibs 3,250 miles Short Stirling 14,000 Ibs 2,330 miles Handley Page Halifax 13,000 Ibs 1,860 miles Avro Lancaster 14,000 Ibs 2,530 miles Luftwaffe Dornier Do 17 2,205 Ibs 628 miles Heinkel He 111 4,400 Ibs 1,429 miles Junkers Ju-88 3,100 Ibs 981 miles Focke-Wulfe Fw 200 11,905 Ibs 2,212 miles Heinkel He 177 13,227 Ibs 957 miles Junkers Ju-188 6,612 Ibs 1,360 miles If you're not able to see the problem from this graph, let me break it down for you. The Luftwaffe's FW 200 has the best range out of the other German models, but is still only 4th place in the whole allied side. The Heinkel He 177 boasts an impressive 13,227 Ib bomb load, but it would rank 6th in the allied lineup, and it's range is far from adequate. Now going back to the FW-200, the Condor has the most promising numbers on the Luftwaffe side, and statistically should be a decent long range bomber, so why wasn't it? 1.) Fw 200 wasn't built to be a bomber, let alone serve in the military. Focke-Wulfe received a request from Lufthansa in 1934 for a long range airliner, after 3 years the Condor took flight. The Luftwaffe saw the potential for a maritime patrol/ recon role for the Condor, not a strategic bomber. Totally capable of carrying a pretty significant amount of bomb tonnage, and the ability to fly from Berlin to London, The Luftwaffe missed out on a potentially game changing bomber in the FW 200 that was instead used for anti-shipping and transport roles. 2.) Herman Goering. Yes, Herman deserves a lot of the blame for the Luftwaffe's inability to find a suitable and effective long range bomber when they had one already in the Condor. Goering and Hitler both wanted the Luftwaffe to work in Unison with the German ground forces and Navy, rather than work on their own, so they encouraged the development of twin engine short to medium range bombers and fighters meant to stay close to the front lines. Initially this worked quite well in the campaigns in Poland, and the low countries, but with the Battle of Britain is was clear that the Luftwaffe was limited in it's ability to reach out and harass the U.K's manufacturing and supply lines. 3.) The Fw 200 wasn't mass produced. This absolutely could have been changed, but going back to Herman Goering and the Luftwaffe's stuborness, this was never realized. Only 276 Fw 200's were ever made, that isn't even close to the numbers needed for a sufficient long range bomber force. Had the Fw 200 been mass produced like the Bf-109 and Heinkel He-111, the Battle of Britain could have gone much differently. The Luftwaffe's inability to adapt to the changing tactics in the air war for Europe's skies, allowed the allies to pound Germany to nothingness and have the Luftwaffe all but beaten by 1944. The Allies didn't gain air supremacy until late 1943, allowing the Luftwaffe oh....4 #$@%*&^ years to mass produce the Fw 200, or make a whole new long range bomber to bomb the U.K and the U.S.S.R incessantly into submission before the U.S got involved. What are you're guy's thoughts on the matter?