History

The aircrew of a Heinkel 111 bomber look out on accompanying plane, circa 1940.

Luftwaffe

Luftwaffe is a generic German term for an air force. It was also the official name for the Nazi air force founded in 1935. Led by Hermann Goering, it became the largest and most powerful in Europe by the start of World War Two.


Photo: The aircrew of a Heinkel 111 bomber look out on an accompanying plane, circa 1940. (Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

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The aircrew of a Heinkel 111 bomber look out on accompanying plane, circa 1940. Luftwaffe

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