By Peter Jacobs
The air battles of the second one global battle have been fought ferociously and with impressive ability and braveness on either fronts. The fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, the jagdflieger, in truth outscored their Allied opposite numbers through a few margin and have been a few of the optimum scoring fighter pilots of all time. greater than 100 recorded a century of aerial successes with occurring to surpass a particularly surprising three hundred victories. In the tip, the giant attempt required via the Luftwaffe to keep up the air battle on such a lot of fronts proved an excessive amount of and few jagdflieger survived the final days of the Reich yet their braveness and skill was once past query, and the names of a few will live to tell the tale within the annals of air struggle with their outstanding achievements by no means to be exceeded. In 'Luftwaffe Fighter Aces', Peter Jacobs examines the numerous campaigns fought by way of the Luftwaffe from its fledgling days throughout the Spanish Civil warfare to its final days protecting the Reich, and comprises the...
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The Luftwaffe, at the forefront of Hitler’s war machine during the Second World War, was in existence for just ten of those years yet it produced some of the greatest names in the history of air combat and produced the highest scoring fighter pilots of all time. During the Second World War, an Allied fighter pilot was considered to be exceptional if he was credited with thirty or forty victories. Even the top scoring Allied fighter pilot, the Soviet ace Ivan Kozhedub, credited with sixty-two victories, was completely over-shadowed by well over a hundred Luftwaffe pilots, called Jagdflieger, who all exceeded his score.
11, was outdated and would prove no match for the Bf 109, of which more than 150 would be used by Luftflotten 1 and 4 during the campaign. The Poles had, however, seen war coming and their precautionary aircraft dispersal plan, while not ideal, meant that their assets were not located at the main airfields but were instead tactically dispersed around a hundred temporary locations. This in itself led to communications issues, which in turn would cause the Poles huge command and control problems but, contrary to popular belief, the Luftwaffe would be unable to destroy the Polish air divisions in just a matter of hours.
Even the top scoring Allied fighter pilot, the Soviet ace Ivan Kozhedub, credited with sixty-two victories, was completely over-shadowed by well over a hundred Luftwaffe pilots, called Jagdflieger, who all exceeded his score. If using the generally accepted definition of an ace as being a pilot who achieved five aerial victories, then the Luftwaffe produced aces in the thousands but rather than use the term ‘ace’, the Luftwaffe used the term ‘Experte’ as recognition of proficiency in the air as well as acknowledging the number of victories achieved.
Aces of the Luftwaffe. The Jagdflieger in the Second World War by Peter Jacobs