A History of Luftwaffe Maritime Operations: Volume Two.
The early years of the turbulent Luftwaffe-Kriegsmarine relationship had doomed Erich Raeder’s dreams of a naval air arm to failure almost before the war had begun. However, both the maritime aerial forces and those of the ‘orthodox’ Luftwaffe had brought the fight to enemy naval forces in all theatres of action in which the Kriegsmarine served. The year 1942 became the crucible from which the Luftwaffe torpedo service emerged at its strongest; facing the daunting prospect of combating enemy amphibious invasion forces of a level thus far unseen. The years that followed proved to be their greatest trials.