Jagdgeschwader 26, the German elite fighter unit, was more feared by the Allies than any other Luftwaffe group. Based on extensive archival research in Europe, personal combat diaries and interviews with more than 50 surviving pilots, Caldwell has assembled a superb day-to-day chronicle of JG 26 operations, from its first air victory in 1939 to its final combat patrol in 1945.
A microcosm of World War II exists in the rise and fall of this famous fighter wing. For the first two years of the war it was an even match between the Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe's Messerschmitts and Focke Wulfs; but the scales tipped in favor of the Allies in 1943 with the arrival of the Eighth US Air Force and its peerless P-51 Mustang.
The book has been endorsed by the top fighter commanders of three air forces: the RAF (Johnnie Johnson), the USAAF (Hub Zemke), and the Luftwaffe (Adolf Galland) and is considered essential reading for anyone interested in the aerial war of 1941–45.
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Books Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
JG26 documents a detailed rise and fall of Germany's premier fighter group on the western front. The book is well documented with the amount of kills and missions almost on a day to day basis. The book reads almost like a diary. At the same time this may be the book's greatest fault. I felt the book fell into a routine,i.e.,the squadron goes up, shoots down X amount of enemy planes, and lost X amount of planes. At the same time these details are well documented, how many planes participated in the air battle, who got shot down and/or how each pilot survived or got killed. The book even documents whether the pilots over claimed their kills. I would have liked to have read more about the ground crews, their shortages,a day in the life of a Luftwaffe pilot and some of the more unusual missions.