Jagdgeschwader 53 ‘Pik-As’ Bf 109 Aces of 1940

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Jagdgeschwader 53 ‘Pik-As’ Bf 109 Aces of 1940

Description

Boasting pilots who had been blooded in the Spanish Civil War, Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53) 'Pik As' or 'Ace of Spades' achieved great success in the skies over France and Britain in 1940. It was infamous amongst its opponents for the quality and calibre of its aces – men such as Werner Mölders, Hans-Karl Mayer and Rolf Pingel. These aces won numerous Knight's Crosses for their exploits in 1940, credited with 258 victories, with 51 pilots being killed or captured. This study follows these pilots of JG 53 into battle, telling the stories of their victories, losses, and ultimate fate.
Containing 36 profile illustrations depicting the drastic change in appearance of their aircraft over time, and complemented by thorough research, this book is a welcome addition to Osprey's popular Aircraft of the Aces series.

Table of Contents

Introduction /To War /Battle of France /Battle of Britain – The Western Battle /Battle of Britain – The Eastern Battle /1940 – The Final Days /Appendices /Colour Plates Commentary /Index

Product details

Published Feb 23 2017
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472818720
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with colour artwork and black and white photos
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 132
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Chris Goss

Chris Goss is a retired senior Royal Air Force off…

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Chris Davey

Chris Davey has illustrated more than 70 titles fo…

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