Jagdverband 44: Squadron of Experten
There was no Luftwaffe fighter unit like Jagdverband 44. Formed in February 1945, the unit grew out of Hitler's bizarre decision that the Me 262 jet fighter should be used as a bomber, despite its potential in the daylight defensive battles over the Reich. Seen as a grave mistake by Göring, a small fighter unit was formed in southern Germany to 'prove' the Me 262's ability as an interceptor. Formed with some of Germany's most experienced fighter pilots, Jagdverband 44 numbered a disproportionately high number of leading aces in its ranks, to the extent that it was said that the Knights' Cross was the unofficial badge of the unit. With numerous first-hand accounts from pilots and detailed colour profiles, this book is a fascinating account of the dramatic birth of the jet fighter and the impact it had during the bitter struggles of 1944-45.
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Adolf Galland aerial victories Ainring Air Force aircraft airfield Allied American April attack awarded the Knight’s B-26 Marauder Barkhorn Berlin Blomert bomb Brandenburg-Briest cannon cockpit combat command damaged defence dive enemy engine escort Fahnen-junker Oberfeldwebel Fährmann Feldkirchen Feldwebel fighter pilot fighter units fire flew flight flown flying formation four-engined bombers fuel fuselage German Gollob Göring Gruppe gunner Günther Lützow Hauptmann heavy bombers Heinz Bär Heinz Sachsenberg Herget Hitler III./EJG Innsbruck instructor Jagdflieger Jagdverband 44 Jagdwaffe jet fighter Johannes Steinhoff joined JV 44 Josef Dobnig Jumo Kammerdiener Kammhuber Klaus Neumann Knier Knight’s Cross landing later Lechfeld Leutnant Luftwaffe Major Erich Hohagen Maxglan metres missions Müller Munich Munich-Riem Nielinger Oakleaves Oberfeldwebel Oberleutnant Oberstleutnant officers operations orders pilots of JV Platzschutzschwarm Reich reported Riem rockets Salzburg Schnell Schuhmacher shot southern Germany staff Staffelkapitän tactical transferred unit’s Unteroffizier Unteroffizier Eduard Schallmoser Walter Krupinski White Wk-Nr wounded