Helmut Wick

Helmut Wick

Major Helmut Wick failed to return from a mission over the English Channel on 28 November 1940 and is listed as missing to this day.

Author: Herbert Ringlstetter

Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited

ISBN: 0764322176

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Major Helmut Wick failed to return from a mission over the English Channel on 28 November 1940 and is listed as missing to this day. This fate ended a picture book military and flying career. In just three months Helmut Wick had risen from Oberleutnant and Staffelkapitän to Kommodore of the tradition-rich Jagd-geschwader Richthofen Nr. 2 and with fifty-six victories had become the leading German fighter pilot. At the time he was the youngest Major and Geschwader-kommodore in the Luftwaffe. With statements from witnesses, including former foes, and with more than 220 photographs and documents, some never before published, Herbert Ringlstetter has created a true picture of Helmut Wick. Not only was he a daring and highly-decorated fighter pilot, but the father of two children and a husband who left behind a grieving wife. The photographic account is supplemented by color profiles of the aircraft flown by Helmut Wick and his opponents.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Knights of the Battle of Britain

Knights of the Battle of Britain

In this book, the renowned aviation historian Chris Goss provides biographical details of all operational members of the Luftwaffe who received the Ritterkreuz during 1940 or were awarded it as a result of their actions in what became known ...

Author: Chris Goss

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781526726520

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 747

The Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knights Cross of the Iron Cross), known simply as the Ritterkreuz (Knights Cross), was the highest German military award of the Second World War. Instituted on 1 September 1939, to coincide with the German invasion of Poland, it was awarded for leadership, valor or skill. As the war progressed, higher variants were instituted, namely the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, and the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds. Similar in design, but larger, than the Eiserne Kreuz (Iron Cross), and worn around the neck as opposed to on the breast, the border and hanging loop on the Knights Cross were made of pure silver which was marked ‘800. The award was made by a number of German manufacturers. On 3 June 1940, the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuz mit Eichenlaub (Knights Cross with Oak Leaves) was instituted, by which time 124 Rittterkreuz had been awarded to all arms of the German military, of which forty-nine had been awarded to Luftwaffe personnel. The first recipient was Generalfeldmarschal Hermann Göring on 30 September 1939; the first Luftwaffe operational Luftwaffe aircrew member recipient, and the fifth overall, was Oberst Robert Fuchs, Kommodore of Kampfgeschwader 26. His award was made on 6 April 1940. The first fighter pilot to receive the Ritterkreuz was Hauptmann Werner Mölders of III Gruppe/Jagdgeschwader 53 (III./JG 53) on 29 May 1940. Only three Luftwaffe officers would receive the Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub in 1940, and all of them were fighter pilots – Mölders on 21 September 1940 (he was then Geschwader Kommodore of JG 51), Major Adolf Galland (Kommodore of JG 26) on 24 September 1940, and Hauptmann Helmut Wick (Kommandeur of I Gruppe/JG 2) on 6 October 1940. Throughout the summer of 1940, many more Luftwaffe members, be they serving on fighter, bomber, dive bomber or reconnaissance units, would receive the Ritterkreuz. Some of these awards were made posthumously, whilst others would learn of their awards whilst a prisoner of war in Britain or, later, in Canada. In this book, the renowned aviation historian Chris Goss provides biographical details of all operational members of the Luftwaffe who received the Ritterkreuz during 1940 or were awarded it as a result of their actions in what became known as the Battle of Britain.
Categories: History

Luftwaffe Pilots

Luftwaffe Pilots

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Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: University-Press.org

ISBN: 1230576967

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Page: 266

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 264. Chapters: Adolf Galland, Operational history of the Luftwaffe, Werner Molders, Erich Hartmann, Helmut Lent, Walter Oesau, Walter Nowotny, Gunther Specht, Heinrich Prinz zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, Hermann Graf, Otto Kittel, Hans-Ulrich Rudel, Hans-Georg von Seidel, Hanna Reitsch, Gunther Rall, Max-Hellmuth Ostermann, Gerhard Barkhorn, Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weissenfeld, Kurt Welter, Hans Beisswenger, Johannes Steinhoff, Franz von Werra, Helmut Wick, Gordon Gollob, Heinrich Ehrler, Gunther Lutzow, Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Friedrich Geisshardt, Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt, Heinz Knoke, Herbert Ihlefeld, Wilhelm Crinius, Walther Dahl, Wilhelm Balthasar, Hans-Ekkehard Bob, Alfred Grislawski, Wolf-Dietrich Wilcke, Hans Philipp, Gunther Schack, Hannes Trautloft, Harry von Bulow-Bothkamp, Werner Schroer, Josef Priller, Hans Guido Mutke, Eduard Tratt, Theodor Weissenberger, Werner Streib, Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert, Wilhelm Batz, Dietrich Hrabak, Walter Schuck, Walter Storp, Herbert Lutje, Georg-Peter Eder, Anton Hackl, Wolfgang Falck, Robert-Georg Freiherr von Malapert, Gerhard Koppen, Walter Borchers, Siegfried Freytag, Arved Cruger, Leopold Steinbatz, Erbo Graf von Kageneck, Melitta Schenk Grafin von Stauffenberg, Heinrich Setz, Hermann-Friedrich Joppien, Kurt Buhligen, Josef Wurmheller, Martin Harlinghausen, Hans "Assi" Hahn, Friedrich Beckh, Heinz Schmidt, Robert Weiss, Heinrich Bartels, Franz Schiess, Fritz Losigkeit, Adolf Dickfeld, Gotthard Handrick, Viktor Bauer, Wolfgang Tonne, Otto Bertram, Paul Semrau, Heinz Sachsenberg, Hans-Joachim Jabs, Martin Drewes, Gunther Josten, Franz-Josef Beerenbrock, Heinrich Graf von Einsiedel, Hubertus von Bonin, Emil Clade, Wolf-Udo Ettel, Kurt Ubben, Egon Albrecht, Wolfgang Spate, Emil Bitsch, Adolf Borchers, Helmut Bennemann, Josef Jennewein, Franz Dorr, Alwin Boerst, Bernhard Jope
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Luftwaffe War Diary

Luftwaffe War Diary

Visual history of the German air force in World War II. • Hundreds of color and b/w images of pilots and crews, aircraft, uniforms, awards, sidearms, and more • Includes Stuka dive-bombers, Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters, and other ...

Author: Uwe Feist

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811714228

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 235

Visual history of the German air force in World War II. • Hundreds of color and b/w images of pilots and crews, aircraft, uniforms, awards, sidearms, and more • Includes Stuka dive-bombers, Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters, and other planes • Must-have for historians, modelers, World War II buffs, and aviation enthusiasts
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German Military Personnel of World War Ii

German Military Personnel of World War Ii

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Author: Source Wikipedia

Publisher: Booksllc.Net

ISBN: 1230690484

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Page: 184

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 183. Chapters: Andreas Hillgruber, Pope Benedict XVI, Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen, Adolf Galland, Walter Model, Joachim Peiper, Karl Dietrich Bracher, Helmut Schmidt, Walter Oesau, Josef Mengele, Bert Trautmann, Wolfgang Luth, Helmuth Weidling, Eduard Roschmann, Hans von Luck, Gunther Prien, Hans Blohm, Henning von Tresckow, Helmut Kohl, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Helmut Wick, Gunther Blumentritt, Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma, Heinz Guderian, Gunther Specht, Wilhelm Mohnke, Albert Graf von der Goltz, Jurgen Moltmann, Franz Halder, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Hans-Ulrich Rudel. Excerpt: Andreas Fritz Hillgruber (18 January 1925 - 8 May 1989) was a conservative German historian. Hillgruber was influential as a military and diplomatic historian. At his death in 1989, the American historian Francis L. Loewenheim said: "Andreas Hillgruber was probably the leading West German historian of his generation - a scholar of indefatigable energy and fierce independence, a scholar of weighty judgment even if one did not always agree with him." Other historians were more hostile, with the British historian Richard J. Evans taking the view that Hillgruber was a great historian whose once-sterling reputation as a historian was in ruins. Hillgruber was born in Angerburg, Germany (modern Wegorzewo, Poland) near the then East Prussian city of Konigsberg (modern Kaliningrad, Russia). Hillgruber's father lost his job as a teacher under the Third Reich. Hillgruber served in the German Army from 1943 to 1945 and spent the years 1945-1948 as a POW in France. During World War II, Hillgruber fought on the Eastern Front, an experience that was later to play a role in his evaluation and writing about the period. In 1945, Hillgruber fled west to escape the Red Army, another experience that was to have much influence on him. After his release he studied at the...
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Luftwaffe Aces in the Battle of Britain

Luftwaffe Aces in the Battle of Britain

In this book, the story of each of the Luftwaffe’s 204 Messerschmitt Bf 109 ‘aces’ from the summer of 1940 is examined, with all of the individual biographies, detailing individual fates during the war, being highly illustrated ...

Author: Chris Goss

Publisher: Air World

ISBN: 9781526754240

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 602

The term ‘fighter ace’ grew in prominence with the introduction and development of aerial combat in the First World War. The actual number of aerial victories required to officially qualify as an ‘ace’ has varied but is usually considered to be five or more. For the Luftwaffe, a number of its fighter pilots, many of whom had fought with the Legion Condor in Spain, had already gained their Experte, or ace, status in the Battle of France. However, many more would achieve that status in the hectic dogfights over southern England and the Channel during the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. A number would also be either killed or captured. Some of these men, individuals such as Adolf Galland, Werner Mölders, and Helmut Wick, who between them had claimed 147 aerial victories by 31 October 1940, are well-known, but most are less so. In this book, the story of each of the Luftwaffe’s 204 Messerschmitt Bf 109 ‘aces’ from the summer of 1940 is examined, with all of the individual biographies, detailing individual fates during the war, being highly illustrated throughout. Original German records from the summer of 1940, have been examined, providing a definitive list of each pilot’s individual claims. It also covers, to a lesser extent, those forgotten fifty-three Messerschmitt Bf 110 pilots who also achieved ace status by day and also by night between 10 July and 31 October 1940.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

The Messerschmitt Bf 109 E

The Bf 109 E "Emil" entered service in 1938.

Author: David Johnston

Publisher: Schiffer Military History

ISBN: 076435860X

Category: History

Page: 112

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The Bf 109 E "Emil" entered service in 1938. The aircraft's DB 601 engine transformed its performance, making the Messerschmitt fighter one of the most capable anywhere in the world at the time. After seeing action late in the Spanish Civil War, the Emil was Germany's premier fighter aircraft during the early years of World War II, seeing action over Poland, France and the Low Countries, Great Britain, the Balkans, and North Africa. By the time of "Operation Barbarossa" in June 1941, the Emil had been largely replaced as the Luftwaffe's main fighter aircraft by the new Bf 109 F; however, it continued in service in the fighter-bomber, reconnaissance, and fighter-training roles. The Bf 109 E was flown by all of Germany's famed early-war fighter aces, men such as Adolf Galland, Werner MÖlders, Helmut Wick, Wilhelm Balthasar, Walther Oesau, and countless others.
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Propaganda Postcards of the Luftwaffe

Propaganda Postcards of the Luftwaffe

Helmut Wick was born in Mannheim on 5 August 1915. He f joined the Luftwaffe in 1935, the same year that Adolf Hitler I officially announced the existence of this new German Air Force. Wick completed his training in 1937 with the rank ...

Author: James Wilson

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781844154913

Category: History

Page: 224

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Propaganda Postcards of the Luftwaffe focuses on the efforts of the powerful Nazi propaganda machine to promote the technical achievements and might of the then newly created German airforce. The Luftwaffe had been announced to the world in March 1935, despite the restrictions contained in the Versailles Treaty signed after the First World War denying Germany the right to develop military aircraft. All major aircraft types used by the Luftwaffe together with many lesser known, obscure and secondary types are represented in this book. There is a section covering the main figures of the Luftwaffe and the leading aces who flew the aircraft. The German Air and Propaganda ministries worked together and, using professional photographers produced quality images, which were then made available to the general public in an attempt to inspire the nation and create strong moral.
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Alarmstart The German Fighter Pilot s Experience in the Second World War

Alarmstart  The German Fighter Pilot s Experience in the Second World War

was killed on 28 November 1940; Tietzen had died much earlier, on 18 August 1940.94 Hauptmann Hennig Strümpell was very well acquainted with the famous Helmut Wick: Helmut Wick first flew in my Staffel, 3/JG 2 over France and then got ...

Author: Patrick G. Eriksson

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445671239

Category: History

Page: 352

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The experiences of the German fighter pilots in the Second World War, based on extensive recollections of veterans as well as primary documents, and diary and flying log book extracts, with photographs from the veterans themselves, many never previously published.
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Jagdgeschwader 2 Richthofen

Jagdgeschwader 2 Richthofen

Using a day-to-day chronology, the book covers JG 2's combat history during the early campaigns in Poland and France, through the Battle of Britain, North Africa, and in the later defense of the Reich battles.

Author: Holger Nauroth

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing

ISBN: 0764320947

Category: History

Page: 350

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The legendary World War II Luftwaffe fighter unit Jagdgeschwader 2 "Richthofen" is the subject of this new, large-format, illustrated volume. Tracing their history back to World War I fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen (the legendary "Red Baron"), JG 2 was at the forefront of aerial combat. Flying the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters during World War II, JG 2 produced many famous aces - among them Wilhelm Balthasar, Walter Oesau, Egon Mayer, Hans Hahn, Erich Rudorfer, and Helmut Wick. Using a day-to-day chronology, the book covers JG 2's combat history during the early campaigns in Poland and France, through the Battle of Britain, North Africa, and in the later defense of the Reich battles. A short chapter also covers their post-World War II transformation to JG 71 "Richtohofen" under the command of Erich Hartmann, when they flew the F-86, F-104 and F-4 Phantom.
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Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

The squadron did not participate in the combat, which resulted in Helmut Wick's fifty-fifth 'kill' but again, at teatime, was scrambled to intercept a large formation of German aircraft approaching the Isle of Wight.

Author: Chris Goss

Publisher: Air World

ISBN: 9781526782922

Category: History

Page: 248

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The unforgiving and deadly combats fought in the skies over the United Kingdom during the Battle of Britain were, in many respects, personal affairs – one man against another. These duels, and the emotions and stress they generated, are revealed in this day-to-day, blow-by-blow account of the part that two front line fighter units, one British and one German, played in the events of the summer of 1940. This is the story of the Battle of Britain as seen through the eyes of the men of 609 (West Riding) Squadron, based in southern England, and 1/JG53, a Luftwaffe staffel based in northern France. The tense action of aerial combat and the relief felt by individual pilots surviving these encounters, the elation of a successful ‘kill’, or the tragedy of seeing a friend shot down, highlight the common fears felt by airmen on both sides of the fight. We learn of exhausting, unremitting action, and days of frustrating weather-induced inactivity, along with those brief moments of leisure and pleasure grasped from the daily struggle for survival. What we also discover is that there was, in many regards, little difference in the experiences and reactions between the men defending king and country and those fighting for the Führer – creating a form of bond derived from those shared experiences, of indeed, brothers in arms.
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Finding the Few

Finding the Few

... encounter between Me 109s of Helmut Wick's JG2 (the Richthofen Geschwader) and the Hurricanes of 145 and 213 Squadrons up from Tangmere, the Spitfires of 602 Squadron from Westhampnett and Hurricanes of 238 Squadron from Chilbolton.

Author: Andy Saunders

Publisher: Grub Street Publishers

ISBN: 9781908117786

Category: History

Page: 192

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An “extraordinarily researched” account of a quest to find MIA fighter pilots decades after World War II (Barrett Tillman). 1940: The air over Britain is filled with danger. Courageous and heroic men fly and fight, often sacrificing their lives to keep the nation free. Some of them will disappear into the summer sky without leaving a trace . . . This remarkable book records the lives of RAF pilots who were shot down and remained missing for decades—until diligent research efforts by author Andy Saunders and others brought identification to them and closure to their families. Each case represents a fascinating human story of drama, love, and tragedy; these stories are filled with startling detective work, remarkable coincidences, and shocking controversy. Finding the Few ends with a mystery still unsolved, and features photographs throughout, standing as a fitting testament to those men lost but not forgotten.
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Luftwaffe War Diary

Luftwaffe War Diary

136 Helmut Wick Born in Mannheim on 5 August 1915, Helmut Wick joined the Luftwaffe as a Fahnenjunker in 1936, received his pilot's training and was posted eventually to 3/Jg 2 “Richthofen.”. Wick had scored 14 kills by the armistice ...

Author: Uwe Feist

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 9780811760539

Category: History

Page: 288

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Visual history of the German air force in World War II.
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The Most Dangerous Enemy

The Most Dangerous Enemy

On 20 October, Otto Bertam's opposite number at I./JG2, Helmut Wick, was made Kommodore of the whole of the 'Richthofen' Geschwader. At twenty-two, he was heir to the greatest ace of all time, the man whose spirit animated the whole of ...

Author: Stephen Bungay

Publisher: Aurum

ISBN: 9781845136505

Category: History

Page: 512

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Stephen Bungay’s magisterial history is acclaimed as the account of the Battle of Britain. Unrivalled for its synthesis of all previous historical accounts, for the quality of its strategic analysis and its truly compulsive narrative, this is a book ultimately distinguished by its conclusions – that it was the British in the Battle who displayed all the virtues of efficiency, organisation and even ruthlessness we habitually attribute to the Germans, and they who fell short in their amateurism, ill-preparedness, poor engineering and even in their old-fashioned notions of gallantry. An engrossing read for the military scholar and the general reader alike, this is a classic of military history that looks beyond the mythology, to explore all the tragedy and comedy; the brutality and compassion of war.
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Jagdgeschwader 2

Jagdgeschwader 2

Helmut Wick returned to his favourite hunting ground south of the Isle of Wight that same day, where he was credited with two more Spitfires. These five kills in a single day had taken Wick's official score to 42.

Author: John Weal

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781782005414

Category: History

Page: 128

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Tracing its roots to Manfred, Freiherr von Richthofen's 'Flying Circus' of WWI, the Jagdgeschwader 'Richthofen' is arguably the most famous fighter unit of all time. Designated JG 1 during the Great War, then disbanded following defeat, the Jagdgeschwader reformed as JG 132. By September 1939 the unit had become JG 2, seeing much action during the Blitzkrieg and Battle of Britain. This first in a new series focusing on elite fighter and bomber units, charts the career of JG 2 from its first aerial kills in 1939 to the destruction of its own Fw 190s in the face of the Allied advance in 1945.
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The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain

Helmut Wick starts his Messerschmitt Bf 109. In his memoirs, Julius Meimberg wrote: 'Next day, in bad weather, we systematically scanned the sea area between Cherbourg and the Isle of Wight to try to find Wick.

Author: Christer Bergström

Publisher: Casemate / Vaktel Forlag

ISBN: 9781612003641

Category: History

Page: 336

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A thorough look at this turning-point WWII aerial battle, with eyewitness accounts, maps, and rare photos: “incredibly well-researched” (Aircrew Book Review). By late summer 1940, Nazi Germany had conquered all its opponents on the continent, including the British Army itself, which was forced to scramble back aboard small boats to its shores. A non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union in hand, Hitler had only one remaining object that season—the British Isles themselves. However, before he could invade, his Luftwaffe needed to wipe the Royal Air Force from the skies. History’s first strategic military campaign conducted in the air alone was about to take place. This book contains a large number of dramatic eyewitness accounts, even as it reveals new facts that will alter common perceptions of the battle. For example, the twin-engined Messerschmitt Bf 110 was actually a good day fighter, and it performed at least as well in this role as the Bf 109 during the battle. The Luftwaffe’s commander, Hermann Göring, performed far better than has been believed. The British night bombers played a more decisive role than previously thought; in addition, this book disproves that the German 109 pilots were in any way superior to their Hurricane or Spitfire counterparts. The author has examined records from both sides and provides surprising statistics that shatter much conventional wisdom—laying out the Battle of Britain as seldom seen before. Includes color photos of the relevant aircraft.
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The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots Kitbag

The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots  Kitbag

(Paul Woodbyrne Collection) Hauptmann Helmut Wick of 1/Jagdgeschwader 2 in the cockpit of his Bf 109E-4. Note he is wearing an LKp W100 helmet and the Knight's Cross which he was awarded on 27 August 1940.

Author: Mark Hillier

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473849969

Category: History

Page: 152

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Reichsmarschall Gring told Hitler that it would take less than a month for his much-vaunted Luftwaffe to conquer the RAF and pave the way for the German invasion of Great Britain. His prediction was to prove disastrously wrong, but for four long months his pilots and aircrew fought for their lives in the skies above the UK.From their bases in continental Europe, the Luftwaffes fighter pilots escorted the great bomber fleets that sought to destroy the RAFs airfields and installations, and tackled the Spitfires and Hurricanes deployed to defend Britains towns and cities. Whilst much has been written on the titanic struggle for supremacy fought throughout the summer of 1940 and of the men and machines of both sides, little attention has been paid to what the pilots wore and carried with them in the air.All the objects that a Luftwaffe fighter pilot was issued with during the Battle of Britain are explored in this book in high-definition colour photographs, showing everything from the differing uniforms, to headgear, personal weapons, gloves, goggles, parachute packs and the essential life jacket. Each item is fully described and its purpose and use explained.Fly with the Messerschmitt Bf 109s and Bf 110s across the Channel and see what the Luftwaffe aircrew wore as they took on Fighter Command in what was justly called the Battle of Britain.
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Knight s Cross and Oak Leaves Recipients 1939 40

Knight s Cross and Oak Leaves Recipients 1939   40

Wick was posted to Jagdgeschwader Richthofen in 1939, but saw no part in the Polish campaign as his squadron was tasked ... bringing him the Oak-Leaves addition and promotion to the rank This fine study of Helmut Wick shows him as a ...

Author: Gordon Williamson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781780968452

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 64

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In 1939 a new grade in the Iron Cross series was introduced, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). It was awarded for a variety of reasons, from skilled leadership to a single act of extreme gallantry, and was bestowed across all ranks, grades, and branches of service. As the war progresed, further distinctions were created for bestowal on existing winners, namely Oak-Leaves (Eichenlaub); Oak-Leaves with Swords (Eichenlaub und Schwertern); and Oak-Leaves with Swords and Diamonds (Eichenlaub, Schwerter und Brillanten). This book, the first in a sequence of four, covers winners of the Knights Cross and the Oak-Leaves distinction in the period 1939-40.
Categories: Antiques & Collectibles

Spitfire Leader

Spitfire Leader

Most leading German fighter aces wanted to equal or better the Red Baron's score of eighty enemy aircraft shot down, and nobody more so than Major Helmut Wick. He was one of Germany's rising stars and a favourite of Reichsmarschall ...

Author: Dennis Newton

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445684369

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 906

The brilliant career and moving personal story of Battle of Britain Spitfire ace and squadron leader Bob Bungey.
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The Few

The Few

bullets ripped into Wick's plane, disabling it. Then Dundas saw Wick's canopy fly away. “I've finished a 109, whoopee!” “Good show, John!” replied Squadron Leader Robinson. 12 Helmut Wick pulled himself up from his cockpit and bailed ...

Author: Alex Kershaw

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780306815904

Category: History

Page: 352

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From the author of national bestsellers The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter comes "a rousing tale of little-known heroes" (Booklist). The Few tells the dramatic and unforgettable story of eight young Americans who joined Britain's Royal Air Force, defying their country's neutrality laws and risking their U.S. citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots in the summer of 1940-over a year before America entered the war. Flying the lethal and elegant Spitfire, they became "knights of the air" and with minimal training but plenty of guts, they dueled the skilled and fearsome pilots of Germany's Luftwaffe. By October 1940, they had helped England win the greatest air battle in the history of aviation. Winston Churchill once said of all those who fought in the Battle of Britain, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." These daring Americans were the few among the "few." Now, with the narrative drive and human drama that made The Bedford Boys and The Longest Winter national bestsellers, Alex Kershaw tells their story for the first time.
Categories: History