Me too. Lunches at his place were fantastic (Montréal Bourgeoisie meets French cuisine).Alan, I was not implying that German pilots and tank commanders NEVER had any victories. I know they did. I was just commenting on how sheer numbers of slightly less "perfect" devices can overwhelm the "pretty" ones. Glad your ex Father in Law managed to evade.
That said, the reasons the Joimans lost had little to do with their equipment. The 109 was very reliable, the 190 wasn't bad at all. It had to do with the nut behind the steering wheel. A strategic numbskull of great proportions. (Stalingrad tying down armies for no strategic purpose, for example - (instead of pushing south to the oil fields - the real objective), not to mention delaying pushing into Russia in the first place until late fall when nobody had winter clothing, etc.).
Glad he was stupid and drug addled and especially that he took advice from Goering when Goering wasn't trying to get young pilots to spend the weekend with him "strategizing". Glad he was sleeping and everyone was petrified of waking him when D-Day finally got its wheels on the beach... etc.
Note also the Germans had few heavy bombers, in number (v. B-17, Lancaster, Halifax, etc.). If Germany had had such prior to the BoBritain (before the yanks showed up) history as we know it would be very different ... ;-).
(I should mention that my father spent some time with Adolf Galland in the late 70's/early 80's ... If you have a chance to read "The First and the Last" it's a fine read. Indeed I'll hit one of my copies again soon. (Somehow I suspect you have read it)).
Ironic follow up. Today a supplier called to tell me that an order was ready. I texted my SO and asked her if she could pick it up on the way home
In the tradition of "No good deed goes unpunished" she was rear ended near the supplier.
Porche Cayenne, naturally. I rest my case.