Luftwaffe Fighter Aces

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Frontline Books, 19.07.2011 - 248 Seiten
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In this exciting book Mike Spick shows how the Luftwaffe's leading fighter pilots were able to outscore their allied counterparts so effectively and completely during the Second World War. When the records of the Jagdflieger pilots became available after the war, they were initially greeted with incredulity _ the highest claim was for 352 kills, and more than 100 pilots had recorded more than 100 victories. However postwar research proved that these claims had in fact been made in good faith and confirmation had only been given after rigorous checking. To discover the secret of this success, aviation history expert Mike Spick examines the exploits of these aces and sets out the context in which it took place. Every major theater is covered in detail including the conditions peculiar to each: climate, relative numerical and qualitative strengths, the presence or absence of radar and other measures, and the relative merits of the planes being flown. He focuses on the methods and tactics used by individual aces and uses firsthand sources wherever possible to put the reader right alongside the pilot in the cockpit.
 

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Inhalt

Preface
9
Prologue
11
1 The Lightning Victories
28
2 The Battle of Britain
48
3 Barbarossa to Zitadelle
75
4 Western Front 194143
89
5 North Africa
131
6 The Night Air War 194042
142
8 Red Sky at Night
168
9 Overlord to Götterdammerung
183
10 Retreat in the East
195
11 The Jet Aces
207
Epilogue
217
Appendices
223
Bibliography
245
Index
247

7 The Yank He Cometh 194345
154

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