By Peter Jacobs
The air battles of the second one international battle have been fought ferociously and with awesome ability and braveness on either fronts. The fighter pilots of the Luftwaffe, the jagdflieger, actually outscored their Allied opposite numbers via a few margin and have been a number of the maximum scoring fighter pilots of all time. greater than 100 recorded a century of aerial successes with happening to surpass a particularly fabulous three hundred victories. In the tip, the monstrous attempt required via the Luftwaffe to keep up 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 skill was once past query, and the names of a few will survive within the annals of air battle with their striking 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 through the Spanish Civil warfare to its final days protecting the Reich, and contains the...
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LG 2. /ZG 76. But despite the successes in Poland, the Bf 109 had only played a peripheral part in the campaign as it had essentially been held back by the High Command in case British and French bombers carried out retaliatory attacks against German cities. While the Luftwaffe’s leadership basked in the glory of their overwhelming victory, there remained deficiencies in their strategies and in the training methodologies, which had all come about because of the rapid build-up for war when the emphasis had been on quantity rather than quality.
I am particularly grateful to Mike for taking the time to go through my work and for providing me with extremely helpful advice on a subject that he has studied for many years. As my research continued, I was keen to look deeper behind the scenes so that I could understand why the air battles were being fought and also to understand the views and beliefs of some of the Luftwaffe’s leaders that were shaping the air war over the many fronts that it fought. While an increasing amount of information has come into the public domain through being made available online, institutions such as the Bundesarchiv-Militärarchiv at Freiburg and the National Archives at Kew will always remain the repositories of information and illustrations.
Galland did manage to get ten flights in the new 109 before his tour in Spain came to an end and it impressed him to the point of persuading him that from now on he wanted to fly fighters rather than ground-attack aircraft. With the departure of Galland, Mölders was given command of the third Staffel and he quickly set about re-shaping some of the Luftwaffe’s fighter tactics for the 109 that he believed would work well in Spain. These included development of the classic Schwarm of four fighters, a formation in the shape of the extended fingers of a hand, comprising of a pair of Rotten with the lead aircraft of each Rotte flying ahead of his wingman, known as his Katschmarek, who was positioned about 200 yards behind the leader with the task of protecting his tail.