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Fw 190 Defence of the Reich Aces by John Weal

By John Weal

This identify is the average end to the gathering of titles chronicling the exploits of the fighter pilots of the German Luftwaffe of global warfare 2 that has been a part of - and contributed in a few small degree to the good fortune of - Osprey's lengthy operating plane of the Aces sequence. because the first visual appeal of plane of the Aces 2 again in 1994, one other ten titles via numerous authors were released on German opponents and their pilots. jointly, those supply a complete and exact review of all of the well-known names (together with a few lesser-known ones) who flew opponents 'for the opposite side' in the course of the struggle . . . all, that's, apart from one ultimate classification - those that have been operationally at the Focke-Wulf Fw a hundred ninety within the safeguard in their personal native land throughout the later levels of the clash from mid 1942 to may perhaps 1945. There has now not been a piece in both English or German - to the writer's wisdom - that bargains in particular with this actual topic. Combining a variety of formerly unpublished black and white photos and colour profiles, it admirably fulfills roles - status by itself, it offers anything solely new for the aviation historian and/or modeler, whereas as a part of Osprey's plane of the Aces assortment, it closes the only ultimate hole within the insurance of the Luftwaffe's global conflict 2 fighter pilots and their frontline operations.

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JG 1 encountered a formation of more than 50 unescorted B-l7s. /JG 1 - was able to carry out a series of three coordinated attacks, claiming the destruction of nine bombers. /JG l ' s hangars at Dortmund in January 1944 In the event, only two were subsequently confirmed. They were firsts for Kirchmayr and for Oberfeldwebel Leo Schuhmacher of 6. S t a f f e l , although the latter had already been credited with an Herausschuss during 'Second Schweinfurt'. /JG 11 's two victories on this date went to NCO pilots of 2.

Staffeln had reportedly completed conversion by the middle of the month, with 9. Staffel following suit shortly thereafter. From available references it would appear that four of the Gruppe's future Viermot acts, including the Kommandeur himself, had already added one or more heavy bombers to their scores before January was out. The power of the press. /JG 26 ambled out to their machines . . . but this was not dramatic enough for the visiting propaganda company photographer, who demanded that they put some life into it and enact an emergency scramble.

JG 26 as they made their way back out over the Low Countries. Hauptmann Karl Borris' I. Gruppe was also fortunate enough to chance upon a small formation of some 20 unescorted B-l7s. After delivering a concerted frontal assault, the German pilots regrouped and came in again from the rear. /JG l's earlier attacks, all but one of their claims were allowed. /JG 26's Leutnant Karl Willius. It was his third heavy bomber victory of the Defence of the Reich campaign. /JG 1, did not claim his first Defence of the Reich heavy bomber until 11 January 1944, he had been a member of JG 1 for almost two years by then.

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