Jagdgeschwader 1 ‘Oesau’ Aces 1939-45 cover
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Formed shortly after the outbreak of World War 2, and equipped with Messerschmitt Bf 109Es, Jagdgeschwader 1 was initially tasked to defend the regional North Sea and Baltic coastal areas and the Germany's main port cities and naval bases. The greatest task for JG 1 though came after 1942 in its defense of the Reich against the US Eighth Air Force's B-17s and B-24s, bearing the brunt of defense against increasingly regular, larger and deep penetrating USAAF daylight bomber raids with fighter escort. Levels of attrition subsequently grew, but so did experience among the leading aces, who were often the subject of propaganda films and literature.

Many of Germany's most famous World War 2 aces flew with JG 1 including Herbert Ihlefeld (132 victories), Heinz Bär (220), and Walter Oesau (127), piloting Bf 109Es, Fw 190s and the Heinkel 162 jet fighter. Packed with photographs and profile artwork and revealing first-hand accounts, this is the compelling story of the Luftwaffe fighter pilots who battled to defend the skies of Germany.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Guarding the Ramparts 1939-1942
Chapter 2: Enemy at the Gates 1943
Chapter 3: The Bastion Holds 1944
Chapter 4: Invasion: The Fortress is Breached 1944
Chapter 5: Last-Ditch 1944-1945
Chapter 6: Volksjäger 1945
Appendices:
List of top-scoring JG 1 aces
Selected bibliography
Index

Product details

Published Dec 19 2017
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472822918
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 70 b/w; 32 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 134
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Robert Forsyth

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Mark Postlethwaite

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Jim Laurier

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