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"Transfer of German Air Personnel to Submarine Duty" from Tactical and Technical Trends

The following brief report on the transfer of German Luftwaffe personnel to submarine duty was originally published in Tactical and Technical Trends, No. 10, Oct. 22, 1942.

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Recent emphasis has been laid in German communiques and in official evaluation of them, on the high degree of cooperation between the Luftwaffe and the submarine arm, especially in action against convoys heavily armed. According to the German technical press, among the many new submarine commanders and officers who have been acquiring the war buckle of this service are those who have previously carried pilot wings and have earned air-service decorations on the front.

The only explanation given for transferring air-service personnel to submarine duty is that the valuable experience such officers have acquired in air command posts has aided in producing the excellent results being achieved by the submarines.

The possibility also arises, however, that physical disabilities which disqualify an officer for active flight duty in the Luftwaffe may not render him unfit for service aboard a submarine.


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