A Luftwaffe Flak 88 crew prepares to fire onto a formation of Allies bombers enroute to bomb Germany, Brenner Pass, Italy, January, 1944. The Luftwaffe was the most chivalrous and skilled branch in the entirety of the Wehrmacht. Their fighter pilots were the knights of the skies, their Flak gunners were extremely skilled, their bomber crews were valiant, and their Fallschrimjager were elite. This was all very true until 1944 when the Luftwaffe began to go down hill. Ammunition and gasoline ran low, Goering totally neglected the shortages and low morale and instead blamed this on the cowardice of their fighter pilots. In reality the fighter pilots were probably some of the bravest going into the skies with obsolete aircraft against formations of thousands of bombers and escorts all day, hour after hour, day after day. Their chances of survival were extremely thin and success in the war was no longer an option and they were well aware of that but they continued to take to the skies. I have some of the upmost respect for the fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, none of them were ever tried for war crimes. The Flak gunners were also very brave being under constant threat of strafing and being flattened by bombs. They had to take these risks day after day, hour after hour, with little to no sleep for weeks on weeks. They too were blamed for the losses against the Allied "four-motors" (what the Germans nicknamed their bombers) and labeled as unskilled and inefficient. In reality they, like the pilots, just simply didn't have the capabilities to be as efficient to Goerings ridiculous and irrational standards. Disclaimer: Not saying the Luftwaffe was perfect as it was formed in Hitler's ideological eyes.