Jon G. wrote:Thanks for the corrections, Rich. I don't mind Vajda & Dancey being shown to be wrong. I'll have to check with them if something went wrong when I transcribed the tables.
I sort of knew that the FW-200 didn't 'count' as a transport, but decided to include it because the Luftwaffe used it as such, and not just at Stalingrad. The same goes for the Ju-90 and Ju-290, which were in any case only built in very small numbers. I am however a little surprised that the Go-244 and (especially) Me-323 weren't counted as transports in Luftwaffe inventories?
If I had included flying boats, I should probably also have counted the miniscule number of BV-222s built, it's surprising to me that the Do-18 and Do-24 were classified as transports.
Do you know if any SM-82s were accepted by the Luftwaffe prior to Sept. 9 1943?
The FW 200 was a civilian transport, but to the Luftwaffe it was a maritime reconnaissance bomber that got pressed into service as a military transport...and some of those ISTR were actually Lufthansa aircraft literally pressed into service
and not formally acquired (and thus not "accepted") by the Luftwaffe.
You could also "count" the two Ju 89 along with the Ju 90, especially since the Ju 90 V1 was actually the completed Ju 89 V3.
Otherwise, all except the Ju 90 V8 were also commercial aircraft prototypes and the V11 actually became the Ju 290 V1...so its already counted - maybe. Of course, since all those prototype commercial aircraft were accepted after the war began it sort of shoots down my theory that the Luftwaffe acceptances list included aircraft acquired from commercial aviation...
BV 22 was 1 in 1942, 4 in 1943, and 1 in 1944.
Anyway, the Go 244 was 41 in 1942, while the Me 323 was 28 in 1942, 141 in 1943, and 29 in 1944...they appear as "gliders", which they were - powered gliders.
The Sm 82 was 4 in April, 4 in July, 3 in August, and 21 in November 1943.