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Admiral Raeder believed in battleships and heavy cruisers, finally receiving approval for construction of the Z Plan warships during January 1939. If the Z Plan funded maritime strike aircraft ILO H class battleships then the KM would have had a proper naval air fleet.
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add a small particle of time ...bf109 emil wrote:The KM never had a separate naval arm as did other Navies in WW2...all airplanes and airforces fell under the control of the Luftwaffe and Heir Göring wasn't apt to share with his Navy friends
Under an insisting influence by Raeder, Hitler allowed Dönitz to have "Operative Führung" (NATO today would call it OPERATIOL CONTROL or OPCON) of I/KG 40 from January 7, to February 28, 1941.
see http://www.wlb-stuttgart.de/seekrieg/41-01.htm and http://www.wlb-stuttgart.de/seekrieg/41-02.htm
This was possible only because the lazy Göring was on extended leave and nobody told him ...
It was the most successful time span for I/KG 40 in anti-shipping operations and a hint what might have been possible otherwise.
(John Milton, the poet, in a letter to the Lord General Cromwell, May 1652)