Slovakian and Bulgarian Aces of World War 2

Slovakian and Bulgarian Aces of World War 2

Aircraft of the Aces 58
  • Author: Jiri Rajlich
  • Illustrator: John Weal
  • Short code: ACE 58
  • Publication Date: 25 Feb 2004
  • Number of Pages: 96
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In 1939, Slovakia signed a protection agreement with the German Reich and joined the attack on Poland, where its Avia B-534-equipped fighter squadrons claimed their first kills. In October 1942, having made do with obsolete aircraft, the Slovaks were equipped with Bf 109Es and eventually acquired 43 Messerschmitt fighters. The Slovaks would claim over 215 kills. Although it supported German efforts in Yugoslavia and Greece, Bulgaria did not declare war on Russia. First seeing action in August 1943, Bulgarian fighter pilots used their Bf 109Gs to good effect. From late 1943 through to mid-1944, the Bulgarian pilots attempted to defend the country from American bombers, and Stoyanov and Bochev made ace during this period.

Biographical Note

Jiri Rajlich is an aviation historian based in the Czech Republic. He is head curator of the Aviation Museum in Prague-Kbely, the nation's main airport. This is his first book for Osprey. Stephan Boshniakov is an aviation researcher based in Sofia. He has done work for the Bulgarian Aviation Museum. This is his first book for Osprey.Arguably the finest profile artist in the business, John Weal's love of German aircraft makes his work a treat for students of the subject. He has written several Aircraft of the Aces volumes, and two books on the JU 87 in the companion series Combat Aircraft (volumes 1 and 6.)


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