Jane’s Battles with the Luftwaffe: The air war over Germany 1942-1945 Hardcover – 5 Nov 2001
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From the Back Cover
Battles with the Luftwaffe is a comprehensive new look at the air war over Europe during World War II. Pilots from both sides tell their story while a modern overview sets their individual exploits in their historical context.
Martin Bowman and Theo Boiten have interviewed American, German, British, Australian, Czech, French and veteran aircrew from many other countries. The result is a fascinating collection of personal stories and never-previously-published photographs.
A 'must have' for aviation enthusiasts.
About the Author
Martin Bowman is the author of sixty aviation books on military subjects.
His interest in World War II was fired by the proliferation of US and RAF air bases in his native East Anglia.
His quest has taken him to eighteen countries including the USA, Africa, Australia and Russia. He has flown into the world's war zones of Mogadishu, Somalia and Bosnia...and he has even been catapulted from the USS John F Kennedy!
Martin has also been appointed as official researcher for DERA.
Top customer reviews
within them. This book however takes a more interesting perspective on the subject, highlighting what was a very difficult campaign
during WW2. There are many excellent photos in the book that I have not seen before, making it
easier to justify the cover price.
A very worthy book to add to your collection.
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'Face of a lost generation. Ofhr Alfred Scharf, 7./JG26, KIA in his Fw 190A-8, 16 September 1944 either by a P-47 or a P-38, two months after turning 20. He claimed one victory, a P-47 of the 356th FG, on 18 August, during his few short weeks in the lethal skies over Germany. ' (p. 187) The man looks determined- for all the good it did him- and he looks more like 40.
Or later, in Chapter 8- Gotterdammerung, is an aerial picture of the Politz oil refinery. The ground and ruined buildings are pock-marked by many bomb craters. That page also contains a sidebar of the recollection from Uffz Walter Ibold, Bf 109G pilot, flying for JG 76. Over Stendahl on 14 or 15 January 1945, his formation attacked some Boeings:
' ...Some were certainly downed, but there was no time to make observations, as the Red Indians (enemy fighters)scattered us. There was a mad dogfight, ratio about 10 to 1. I was able to shoot down one Mustang, but then once again, it was my turn. I came down by parachute at Sandau near Havelberg....
When I returned to Reinsdorf a couple days later the commander, Ofterdinger, asked: 'Ibold, where is my Gruppe?' My wingman, Fw Deutscher, was also killed on this day. I can still see his twisted face in my mind's eye. ' (p. 198) The rest of the chapter is similar; injured crewmen being removed from bombers, planes that failed to return from raids, then the jets that arrived too late.
Accompanied by list of Luftwaffe rank, abbreviations used in the text.
The sacrifice of both sides is well described, both in the individual stories, and the dry statistics of bomber and fighter losses, and the attendant casualties. It was a massive effort by both sides, with the issue in doubt until well into 1944.
I strongly agree with an earlier reviewer that the print is definitely much too small, and hard on the eyes. Nevertheless, a worthy addition to anyone's library on the air war in Europe, 1942-1945.
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