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Luftwaffe Viermot Aces 1942-45 (Aircraft of the Aces) Paperback – 20 Nov 2011

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849084386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849084383
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.9 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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The author is an expert on all things Luftwaffe and he presents a solid text backed up by an excellent selection of photographs and a color profile section that illustrates the many markings and camouflage schemes carried by these warplanes. --Air Classics

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A full account of the German airmen who achieved ace status by destroying Allied bombers.

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Although much of the content of LUFTWAFFE VIERMOT ACES 1942-45 has been covered in other Osprey titles there is some interesting new material for Osprey Aces fans here. And while this must be the last of Osprey's Luftwaffe aces titles, this is the first Osprey Aces book to include details of less well known units such as JG 4 and the ZG heavy fighter Gruppen. Formed in 1942 to defend the petroleum fields of the Reich's Rumanian ally, JG 4 saw its first major combat action over the refineries of Ploesti during Operation Tidal Wave on 1 August 1943 - the cover illustration depicts 28-victory JG 4 ace Fw. Albert Palm in his `Yellow 6' downing a 44th BG B-24 during Tidal Wave on 1 August 1943. Refineries and oil were to take on a vital importance given the Reich's ever increasing fuel requirements the longer the conflict went on.

Robert Forsyth's well-written text opens unusually with a look at the first Allied four-engine bomber raids mounted over Europe - RAF Stirling and Halifax bombers sent to attack Kriegsmarine battleships in the ports of Brittany as early as July 1941 (see also Osprey Elite 'JG 2'). Although the first USAAF bomber missions, launched in mid-August 1942, were tentative affairs, the Luftwaffe would soon face the challenge of going into combat against ever-increasing numbers of heavily-armed B-17s and B-24s. In response to this growing threat, the Luftwaffe formed new fighter units and brought back battle-hardened units from other fronts to protect Germany's western borders - III./JG 3 was just one such Gruppe. Equipped with the Bf 109 G-6 mounting underwing cannon and led by Kommandeur Hauptmann Walter Dahl, III./JG 3 arrived from Russia and settled in at Munster on the western German border.
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A fine publication on the missions flown by (mostly) young and brave Luftwaffe pilots in the aftermath of the aerial campaign to submit Germany to its eventual surrender in the face of overwhelming Allied air superiority. Courageous yet futile as the outcome of the war was just a short time away. Nevertheless for both historian and modeller a good book. Recommend.
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This follows the usual Osprey format and I do enjoy reading them. It is a concise history of the operations against the day light 4 engined bombers as they started to hit targets deep in to occupied Europe. It certainly gives you enough information and gives you ideas to use if your are building model planes from this era.
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I was mad buying another Osprey title, I bought FW190 Aces of the Eastern Front, which was informative but not very well written. I thought that 'Luftwaffe Viermot Aces' could be no worse but I was wrong - page 10 describing the B17 having - 'a remotely controlled ventral turret, fitted with periscope sight to be used by a gunner in a prone position' never heard of the ball turret described like that before!
Accurate or otherwise the book is a fairly random list of Aces and their exploits under general chapter headings, little personal information or insights into the fighting and the weapons used; and too much crossing over of information. It would have been far better to give the whole account of one 'Ace' and then move onto the next rather than try and shoehorn the accounts into random chapter headings - 'big week' and Berlin, Stormbirds, etc.
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