Top 10 German Aircraft of WWII

The Luftwaffe (The German Air Force) of World War II was the one of the most best air force in Europe. Germany produced one of the most revolutionary fighter and bombers during WW2.
The Top Ten
1 Me 262 Jet Fighter

The first operational jet fighter was extremely fast. Unfortunately, the lack of experienced pilots meant that the performance of the Me-262 wasn't fully exploited, and the engines weren't very reliable.

2 Focke Wolfe Fw-190

While the Fw-190 Würger was amazing and absolutely decimated the Spitfire V, and was on par with the Spitfire IX, the true gems are the Fw-190 Dora models. These were high-altitude fighters, as the Würger had issues at higher altitudes. These fighters were amazing, and almost nothing could take them down. They served as the template for the even better Ta-152.

The Fw-190 D-9 was called the best aircraft of WWII by many people.

Although the Me-262 was much faster, its engines burned out after only 12 hours of use, i.e., 3 or 4 sorties. Fw-190 hands down!

3 Bf 109

The Bf-109G-14 and the Bf-109H were amazing German fighters and the best in the Bf-109 series. They could hold their own against the P-51D and the Yak-3.

4 Junkers 87 Stuka

This aircraft struck fear into the hearts of enemy infantry early in the war. It became outdated and lost its effectiveness as the war dragged on, suffering heavy losses to enemy fighters due to its lack of speed.

5 Junkers 88

The Ju-88 was the most versatile aircraft of the Luftwaffe. Its roles were not limited to: heavy fighter, medium bomber, tactical bomber, dive bomber, reconnaissance aircraft, night fighter, and flying bomb in the Mistel project. This was the original DH Mosquito.

6 Bf 110

The Bf-110, like the Ju-88, was a very versatile aircraft. It was used as a heavy fighter, escort fighter, and ground attack aircraft. Its weaknesses were exposed in the Battle of Britain, as a heavy twin-engine fighter is slower and less maneuverable than the more nimble Spitfire.

However, the Bf-110 excelled as a night fighter, with night bombing raids experiencing heavy losses to them. Definitely worthy of a top 10 spot.

7 Heinkel He 111
8 Dornier Do 17
9 Junkers 52
10 Heinkel He 177
The Contenders
11 Focke-Wulf Ta 152H-1

The best German aircraft of WWII, in my opinion. Its high-altitude performance was unmatched by any prop-driven fighter. Unfortunately, it wasn't in use earlier in the war.

12 Dornier Do 335 Pfeil

The fastest piston-powered aircraft ever, the Do-335 was also one of the largest twin-engine prop-powered fighters. Again, too late to make much impact.

13 Arado Ar 234 Blitz

The world's first operational jet bomber, this aircraft was pretty much the B-2 of its day. While flying reconnaissance missions over France in the lead-up to D-Day, they flew so high and fast they weren't even detected. A group of Hawker Tempests even attempted to intercept an Ar-234 but gave up because it was too fast.

14 Heinkel He 219 Uhu

Easily the best night fighter of the war, the He-219 wreaked havoc on British night bombers but was unfortunately not in service in large enough numbers to make a difference. The He-219 was fast, maneuverable, and very heavily armed.

15 Junkers Ju 388
16 Messerschmitt Me 410 Hornisse
17 Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet
18 Heinkel He 162 Volksjager
19 Junkers Ju 290
20 Heinkel He 115

The He-115 was probably the best floatplane of the war. It's considered to have the best performance of anything in its class.

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