This picture depicts an American fighter, a P-47, in a German hanger at the end stages of World War Two. The hanger had been captured by allied troops.
The once proud German air-force, the Luftwaffe, had by mid-1944 been severely crippled and was now longer what it had been.
The air-force that had once destroyed the Polish air-force in 2 days, and 2,000 Soviet planes in the same time span now was struggling to hold on. It makes sense though.
With the Red Air-Force, the Royal Air-Force, the USAAF, and various other planes of other nations all concentrated on the Air Force of one nation: Germany, it was practically impossible for Germany to compete with this many planes, and the Luftwaffe slowly withered into history.
But, in its final stand, the Germans used everything they could get their hands on, including captured allied aircraft to strike back in any way they could.
Germany by this point was trying to limit the destruction of the allied aerial bombings, and most of their aircraft went into this purpose after the better part of Germany's bombers were destroyed during the mini blitz.
Especially with the introduction of the American P-51D Mustang, the ability for the Luftwaffe to initiate damage to allied bombers was immensely depleted. This was because the P-51D could escort bombers all the way to their targets and all the way back, which ended the only advantage the Germans had of attacking the allied bombers when un-escorted.
By 1945, after a true final pounce of the German Luftwaffe during the Battle of the Bulge, the German air- force was practically not even there. They could not do anything, even the new Me-262's, except get outnumbered and shot down. The Me-262 was an amazing and revolutionary aircraft, but it's entry was too late, and the factories and airfields at which these new planes sat were for the most part destroyed. (Colorized by WW2 Colourized Photos)