Majors Adolf Galland and Werner Mölders listened as Reichsmarschall Göring ranted about the recent losses of bombers over England to a gathering of the senior Luftwaffe commanders in France.
“You are not doing enough to protect the bombers! They are being forced to turn away short of their targets! The bomber crews complain that they almost never see our fighters protecting them! I have even heard accusations of cowardice! This must change! From now on the fighters will stay in close proximity to the bombers at all times!”
Galland stood up. “Herr Reichsmarschall, tying the fighters to the bombers will make them less effective, not more. Fighters must be free to pursue the enemy, forcing them away from our bombers. Keeping them close will only give the RAF and Texas fighter squadrons larger, easier targets.”
“Perhaps that is true, Major, but nevertheless, it will be done. Now then, enough about what I want. What can I do to help you? Mölders, what do you need?”
“Herr Reichsmarschall, we need fighters with more powerful engines.”
“I see. Those are being developed, and should become available soon. What about you, Galland? What do you want?”
“A squadron of Spitfires, Herr Reichsmarschall, or of the Texan’s Hurricanes.”