aurora wrote:In practice, however, even in the early stages of the war, overclaiming by the Luftwaffe did occur. [b]
Yes of course. This is an intractable problem. The same occured for the Allies. It was because of the over claiming that the more stringent protocols were instituted in the Luftwaffe. The Allies knew about their own pilots over claiming from Ultra but allowed it to continue because it helped morale and fighting spirit. The generals secretly used the true numbers in their analysis, however.
However as the war entered its final, chaotic phase in 1945, many German aces' claims from late 1944 onward were left unvalidated due to the breakdown in administration within the Luftwaffe, and at times bore little relationship to reality?????
By that point in time the Experten had already compiled their records for the most part, or they were dead or in hospital. It's irrelavant to the scores of the Experten. By that point in time the Jagdwaffe wasn't making very many claims-they were just trying to stay alive, or scounge up a few liters of avgas, or try to find out if their families in their home town were still alive, or if they had anything to eat.