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By Peter Jacobs

The air battles of the second one international struggle have been fought ferociously and with amazing 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 maximum scoring fighter pilots of all time. greater than 100 recorded a century of aerial successes with happening to surpass a particularly outstanding three hundred victories. 

In the tip, the titanic attempt required via the Luftwaffe to take care of 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 survive within the annals of air battle with their impressive achievements by no means to be handed. 

In 'Luftwaffe Fighter Aces', Peter Jacobs examines the various campaigns fought via the Luftwaffe from its fledgling days in the course of the Spanish Civil warfare to its final days protecting the Reich, and contains the...

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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. 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.

Its award was generally based on the number of victories achieved, although the qualifying number varied enormously as the war progressed and often differed between operational theatres. In the early months of the war, twenty victories would usually merit the award whereas towards the end of the war, for example on the Eastern Front, a hundred victories may have been required to receive the same recognition. For those achieving further success there was the award of the Oak Leaves (Eichenlaub) to the Knight’s Cross and even greater success was rewarded by the Swords (Schwertern) with the ultimate award of the Diamonds (Brillanten) being reserved only for the very best.

6 The Polish Air Force consisted of less than a thousand aircraft with a large number being obsolete types. The Poles lacked any centralized command and control for their air assets, and the wide dispersal of the 150 or so fighters available meant that Poland’s major cities and key industrial areas were poorly defended with only fifty fighters available to defend Warsaw. Not only did the Polish Air Force lack quantity but it also lacked quality. 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.

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