March 7, 2017

German Aces of the Russian Front by John Weal, Iain Wyllie

By John Weal, Iain Wyllie

This publication combines airplane of the Aces 6: ‘Focke-Wulf FW one hundred ninety Aces of the Russian Front’ and plane of the Aces 37: ‘Bf 109 Aces of the Russian Front’. Luftwaffe pilots of the Russian entrance have been the top scoring aces of any aerial clash in historical past. This booklet lines the careers of the pilots who flew the Fw a hundred ninety and the Bf 109 within the skies over Russia, and divulges how they completed their awesome successes. The Bf 109 was once the main accepted fighter at the entrance, and observed motion from Operation Barbarossa via to the Defence of the Reich in 1945. The Fw one hundred ninety, in the meantime, proved itself to be arguably Germany's top piston-engined fighter, with lots of its aces scoring over a hundred kills.

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Revealing a closer affinity to the art of Walt Disney, rather than the designs of ancient heraldry, his cowling is here embellished with a miniature Mickey Mouse . . . which was later to grow somewhat in size! The extra pair of shoes, and the dates close alongside (22-23 July and 12-13 August 1942), refer to occasions when Carganico forced-landed and had to return to base on foot. /JG 77. /JG 5, before assuming command of I. Gruppe in the west immediately prior to D-Day. Unlike Ehrler, both Schuck and Weissenberger survived the war.

JG 51 claimed 46 victories, the Kommandeur himself being credited with eight of them. Two of his pilots, Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Schnell and Feldwebel Anton Hafner, accounted for seven each. The latter pilot was awarded the Knight's Cross on 23 August, for 60 kills, and would subsequently become JG 51's highest scorer of all with a total of 204 enemy aircraft destroyed before being killed in action in 1944. /JG 51 downed nine Soviet aircraft, taking his score to 102. He thus became the first pilot within the Geschwader to surpass Werner Molders' century, and it earned him the Oak Leaves the following day.

I carried out the same manoeuvre and, sure enough, the next Il-2 went down on fire. " It was like being on a training flight. Another short burst and the third Il-2 was ablaze. ' It was a gesture typical of' 'Vati' Molders. Herbert Kaiser never forgot his 23rd and 24th kills. But because the General der Jagdflieger was officially banned from operational flying, the first Stormovik was never added to Molders' list of victories - there has been much speculation as to how many other such 'demonstrations' went unrecorded!

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