Luftwaffe Eagle: From the Me109 to the Me262

Luftwaffe Eagle: From the Me109 to the Me262

by Walter Schuck


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Luftwaffe pilot Walter Schuck flew the Me 109 in the Arctic Sea fighter squadrons becoming the Russian air force's feared enemy in the far north. Awarded the Knights Cross in April 1944 he claimed his 100th kill in June of that year, then barely 48 hours later shot down 12 aircraft in one day - a record never achieved by any other Arctic Sea pilot.

Celebrated by his colleagues for his skill, courage, sheer guts and chivalry including the deep feelings for those he shot down, he earned the nickname "Adler der Tundra" or "Eagle of the Tundra".

In this autobiography, the author tells his story simply, conveying his impressions of life, the rationale of the Lufwaffe and the everyday life of a military man in those times, including the difficulties and hardships of the war in the Arctic Seas. In a gripping narrative, the author helps us to understand why he and his colleagues were prepared to lay down their lives for their people, and their country.

Rich in detail and facts and supplemented by photographs from his personal collection and color aircraft profiles, Walter Schuck helps us to put the past into context, painting a unique picture of life in the Luftwaffe during the times of the Third Reich.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910809280
Publisher: Crecy Publishing
Publication date: 05/15/2019
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Credited with 206 confirmed aerial victories, Walter Schuck is among the most famous of WWII Luftwaffe fighter aces. His fellow comrades respected him for his outstanding combat skills, his courage and boldness but above all, they admired him for his chivalrousness in the air and his deep sympathy for downed comrades or defeated opponents. They also named him: Eagle of the Tundra and Northern Knight.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

Foreword 7

Author's note 8

1 Early days and youthful years 9

2 Into the Luftwaffe at sixteen 12

3 At fighter training school 22

4 Still all quiet with JG 3 28

5 Transfer to the Far North 34

6 Petsamo 40

7 First aerial victories 57

8 Interlude at Kirkenes 65

9 Burning ice 74

10 Costly Murmansk 104

11 Battle of the supply lines 126

12 Yaks, Bostons and the Knight's Cross 141

13 Russian roulette 159

14 Staffelkapitän of 10./JG 5 183

15 Dusk over Petsamo 193

16 Lobster and Rotgut 199

17 Oak Leaves, Ehrler and the Tirpitz tragedy 206

18 From the Me 109 to the Me 262 227

19 Staffelkapitän of the Greyhounds 236

20 Auf Wiedersehen, see you in Valhalla 242

21 Tomorrow you polish your own shoes 252

22 The last flight 255

23 The man who shot me down 257


1 The aircraft of our opponents 262

2 Victories scored with Jagdgeschwader 5 'Eismeer' ('Arctic Ocean')233 271

3 Victories scored with Jagdgeschwader 7 'Windhund' ('Greyhound') 278

4 Military career 279

5 Aircraft types flown 281

Bibliography 282

Index 283

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