Jagdgeschwader 400: Germany's Elite Rocket Fighters

Jagdgeschwader 400: Germany's Elite Rocket Fighters

by Stephen Ransom, Hans-Hermann Cammann, Jim Laurier
     
 

The Jagdgeschwader 400 group was formed for the sole purpose of flying one of the world's most revolutionary aircraft - the rocket-powered Me 163. Although the Me 163 scored relatively few kills, giving it a success rate much lower than the Me 262, it still had a massive psychological impact upon the Allies, and the technology and experiences gained in the Me 163

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Overview

The Jagdgeschwader 400 group was formed for the sole purpose of flying one of the world's most revolutionary aircraft - the rocket-powered Me 163. Although the Me 163 scored relatively few kills, giving it a success rate much lower than the Me 262, it still had a massive psychological impact upon the Allies, and the technology and experiences gained in the Me 163 went on to influence the jet fighters of modern times.

The introduction of jet-powered aircraft demanded massive changes in training, equipment, servicing and tactics, all of which are described and examined in this essential analysis of the story of the Me 163 in frontline service with Erprobungskommando 16 and Jagdgeschwader 400.

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“The book provides a goodly number of photos of the aircraft and pilots who flew the plane. There are combat reports from both sides on flight operations and like all Osprey 'Aviation Elite Unit' titles, there are several pages of color profiles. Appendices include a full unit organization, a roster of pilots, biographies of some of the more notable personnel associated with the 163, a flight log of every combat sortie flown by 163s and a section on armament ... a fascinating read on an equally intriguing aircraft.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

“...recommended to aviation historians and modelers alike.” —Pablo Bauleo, IPMS/USA

“...[offers] rare photos, first-hand accounts, and a dramatic history from two experts. Any serious World War II collection must have this!” —The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846039751
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Series:
Aviation Elite Units Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,003,650
Product dimensions:
9.94(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.36(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Ransom studied aeronautical engineering at the University of Salford and has worked in the aerospace industry in Britain and then Germany. His interest in the history of British and German aviation has led him to write a number of books over the past 20 years. One of his most recent works, with his co-author for this volume, Hans-Hermann Cammann, is the definitive, two-volume study of the Messerschmitt Me 163, Me 163 Rocket Interceptor, (Classic Publications, 2002 and 2003. His latest book is Junkers Ju 287- Germany's Forward Swept Wing Bomber (Classic Publications, 2008).

Hans-Hermann Cammann has been interested in the history of the Me 163, and the men who flew this revolutionary fighter, since he was 19-years old, and he has been a regular guest at the annual reunions of former comrades of Erprobungskommando 16 and Jagdgeschwader 400 held either at Bad Zwischenahn or Berlin since 1988. In the course of time a friendship developed between him and Wolfgang Späte, the former Geschwaderkommodore of JG 400. This friendship culminated in Späte appointing him 'archivist' for JG 400. He started work on the two-volume work published by Classic at the suggestion of his co-author, Stephen Ransom, who was conducting detailed research into the history of the airfield at Brandis at the time. Hans-Hermann Cammann is a serving officer in the Bundeswehr.

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