Luftwaffe Viermot Aces 1942-45 (Aircraft of the Aces) Paperback – 20 Nov 2011
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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
A full account of the German airmen who achieved ace status by destroying Allied bombers.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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