By Peter Jacobs
The air battles of the second one international conflict have been fought ferociously and with outstanding ability and braveness on either fronts. The fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, the jagdflieger, in truth outscored their Allied opposite numbers by means of a few margin and have been many of the maximum scoring fighter pilots of all time. greater than 100 recorded a century of aerial successes with occurring to surpass a fairly marvelous three hundred victories. In the tip, the enormous attempt required by way of the Luftwaffe to take care of the air conflict 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 talent used to be past query, and the names of a few will continue to exist within the annals of air war with their notable achievements by no means to be exceeded. In 'Luftwaffe Fighter Aces', Peter Jacobs examines the numerous campaigns fought through the Luftwaffe from its fledgling days throughout the Spanish Civil struggle to its final days protecting the Reich, and contains the...
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With the successful introduction of the Bf 109, the He 51 was gradually withdrawn as a fighter but it did continue for the time being in the ground-attack role. /88 had established air superiority over the battlefield. Since April the first Staffel had been commanded by Oberleutnant Harro Harder and by the time he returned to Germany in December, to be replaced by Wolfgang Schellmann, he had scored eleven victories during the year, for which he would later be awarded the Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords and Diamonds, the highest award for the campaign.
These included men like Theo Osterkamp with thirty-two victories from the First World War who would become the first commander of Jagdfliegerschule 1, one of seven fighter pilot schools eventually established, although the Luftwaffe was not alone in this ideology as many European air forces were doing the same. The Luftwaffe was given the opportunity to test its capabilities in a combat arena when the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936. The war between the Nationalists and the Republicans had started when dissatisfied Spanish generals, led by the pro-Fascist General Francisco Franco, launched a coup against the Spanish government in Madrid.
406, a fairly agile fighter and capable of speeds of up to 300 mph. 406 would prove to be a very capable adversary for the Bf 109D or even the Bf 109E. 406 and its wing loading was lower than the Bf 109. Again, in the hands of a good pilot, the Hawk 75 would prove to be far more capable than some of the Luftwaffe pilots had been led to believe. An example of how hard the French pilots resisted occurred on 9 November when Bf 109Ds of JGr 102, led by Hannes Gentzen, attacked a French reconnaissance aircraft being escorted by nine Hawk 75s over the Maginot and Siegfried Lines.