First, fuel =/= aviation fuel, nor does it follow that the fact the Germans were able to maintain operations in the field does not mean there was fuel shortage at home for training.ljadw wrote: ↑02 May 2021 19:59There was fuel in 1942 to supply Stalingrad, in 1943 to supply the forces in Tunisia and to defeat Bomber Command during the battle of Berlin .
And, one can not say that the pilots who left the training schools with less flying hours than their predecessors, did a worse job than their predecessors .
The fact that in 1943 more than the double of airmen left the training schools than in 1942,debunks the claims that the fuel problems were bigger in 1943 than in 1942 .
Thus, I like to see the proofs of these negative effects : a pilot with less training hours is not a priori a bad pilot .The US pilots at Midway were not worse than those before Pearl Harbour .
As for the overall point, you're the one making the claim and the onus is on you to back it up with evidence. So far, the gist of your argument is to cite the increase in pilot turnout while conceding the fact that the average training hours dropped precipitously which does nothing to back up your argument but rather confirms what we're saying in that there wasn't enough fuel to maintain training standards. If your belief is that fewer training hours doesn't result in a worse pilot than maintaining standards, let's see the evidence. Citing U.S. pilots, who had the same level of training or more, over that period of time does nothing for the German context where we know training standards declined.