Bf 109D/E Aces 1939-41
Osprey Publishing, 1996 - History - 96 pages
The period covered in this volume was considered to be the 'glory years' for the Jagdwaffe - fresh from the experience gained in the Spanish Civil War - and for the Bf 109 in particular. Many famous pilots scored their first kills in the classic dogfights staged over Poland, Western Europe, the Channel and finally southern England. Some 40 Knight's Crosses were awarded in 1940 alone. However, after sweeping all before them in support of the Blitzkrieg across continental Europe, the Bf 109E pilots were to suffer badly during the Battle of Britain, the result of poor tactics inflicted upon them by the Luftwaffe High Command, and their mount's less then generous range.
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ACES OF WORLD Adolf Galland aerial Air Force aircraft airfield attack Audembert August Balthasar Battle of Britain Battle of France Beaumont-le-Roger Bf 109E Black Black Chevron Blenheim bombers campaign Channel Chevron-Triangle claimed cockpit combat command Condor Legion cowling days later early emblem enemy escort Est-Serv Feldwebel fighter pilot fire flying France French fuselage cross German Bight Geschwader Geschwaderkommodore Gruppe badge Gruppen Gruppenkommandeur Hauptmann Hauptmann Hannes Hawk Helmut Wick hours later Hptm Hurricanes III./JG IL/JG Ill./JG Jagdgeschwader Jagdgruppen Jagdwaffe Jever Josef Josef Priller kills Knight's Cross Kommandeur Kommodore L/JG Leutnant Low Countries Luftgaukommando Luftwaffe Luftwaffe's machine markings metres Nordholz Oak Leaves Oberfeldwebel Oberleutnant Oberst Oberstlt October Pik-As Poland Polish Priller raid Richthofen rudder Schumacher's scored September 1940 shot Spitfire Stab JG Staffel Staffelkapitan Stukas UNITS OF WORLD Unteroffizier victory bars Wellingtons Werner Molders western front Wilcke Wilhelm Balthasar Wk-Nr Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke Yellow