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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 48 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wtdnesday, September 25. German air ace reveals near revolt by pilots late in war By GEORGE VINE BONN (Reuter) Gen. Jo- hannes Steinhoff, the German air ace who shot down 176 Al- lied planes in the Second World War. has revealed de- tails of a near rebellion by a group of Luftwaffe fighter pi- lots in the final stages of Nazi Germany's defeat 30 years ago. The scar-faced veteran flyer, who retired from a top NATO post earlier this year, has written a book which is about to be published called In the Final Plot of the Fighter Pilots. It relates how he and four other highly-decorated Luft- waffe colonels conspired to have Field Marshal Hermann Goering removed from com- mand of the German air force for incompetence. Their attempt failed and they were lucky to escape court martial for mutiny. Goering finally poisoned him- self in an Allied prison after being condemned to the gal- lows for war crimes. If the pilots had succeeded in removing him, German cities might have been spared a lot of the appalling destruc- tion they suffered from Brit- ish and American aerial bom- bing. As the war lengthened and the Allied air armadas grew in size and power, Hamburg, Cologne, Dresden and other large cities were subjected to merciless day and night "car- pet" bombing. The Luftwaffe seemed pow- erless to protect the home- land. Hitler blasted Goering and the field marshal put the blame on his fighter squadron commanders, accusing them of cowardice. For months the pilots had been pleading with Goering to re-equip the fighter defence squadrons with the Mes- serschmitt 262, the worlds first jet combat aircraft to go into active service. Without these they were helpless against the formations of American Flying Fortresses with their massive firepower. But Hitler, obsessed with the doctrine of the offensive, refused to allow the revolu- tionary new high-speed jet planes to be used for defence. And Goering acquiesced. On Jan. 19, 1945, after sev- eral backdoor attempts to re- move Goering, the five colo- nels had a personal showdown with him. Shaking with fury he accused them of treachery and mutiny and threatened to have them shot. Shortly before this, Steinhoff had been summoned to the "Wolf's Hitler's headquarters in East Prussia, to receive from the Fuehrer's own hands one of the highest awards for bravery. At a secret meeting, the colonels deputized him to try to per- suade Hitler to let them have the Messerschmitt jet. "I had heard of Hitler's fa- mous carpet-biting tantrums and on this occasion I ac- tually witnessed Stein- hoff recalls. The Fuehrer raved and foamed at the mouth. Defen- sive thinking was defeatist thinking, he screamed. The war must be carried to the enemy. The bomber arm was the only one that mattered. The new jets which could elude all air defences were be- ing saved for a new mass at- tack on Britain. Steinhoff was not allowed to get a word in. Hitler ended his tirade by telling him that the jets, because of their high speed, could only be operated in straight and level flight. Sears model consoles are as beautiful as their solid-state color 26" color, Spanish-inspired console is 100% solid-state Reg. a-Big-screen, 305 sq. inches of viewing area with Super-brite picture tube. Chassis is 100% solid- state with plug-in components. One-button color con- trol does the work of four separate controls (tint, color, contrast and Quality features include slide tint, color, volume controls, 6" oval speaker and handy illuminated channel indicators. 75 ohm cable connector means better cable reception. Rich, Oak-finished cabinet on casters. 57R 014 333. b-Save Contemporary Walnut-finish cabinet. Same features as above. 57R 014 332. Reg. 'Color guarantee: 5-yr. protection plan and 2- yr. guarantee on picture circuit Other parts guaranteed for 1 yr. Labor included on all parts during the first yr. Contemporary console Reg. color console same as Electronic touch tuning and contemporary styie cabinet in selected hardwoods and walnut veneers. 14309. Save 8799 Save Solid-state 20" color portable 53Q97 WWW Reg Save on 26" solid-slate color with electronic touch tuning 89997 S579.98 Deluxe portable with 185 sq. in. of viewing area. One button controls color, tint and AFT. 6" speaker. 57R014029. Reg. Switch channel instantly by merely touching a button! Instant start. One button controls tint, color, AFT, bngtUness and contrast. Consoles in Spanish, Contemporary or ultra-modern White lac- quer styling. 57R 014 310 series. Ltd. Enjoy it now! Use your All Purpose Account. At Simpsons-Sears you get the finest guarantee. Satisfaction or money refunded. Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday a.m. to p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 ;