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  • Storming the bombers. A Chronicle of JG 4 Vol. 1 1942-1944

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    LUGA JG 4/I

    49,90

    The fourth fighter wing of the Luftwaffe was initially established during 1942 and committed to operations in defence of the Rumanian oil fields during 1943. I./JG 4 first saw action in combat against a strike force of B-24 Liberators dispatched on the celebrated low level attack against Ploesti on 1 August 1943, Operation “Tidal Wave”. JG 4 was subsequently deployed in the bitterly fought German defensive campaign on the Italian peninsula during the first half of 1944, prior to being shifted to the Normandy invasion front and then falling back to the frontiers of the Reich in September that year. It was during the summer of 1944 that JG 4 underwent considerable reinforcement with two new Gruppen swelling its ranks. The most effective of these was II. (Sturm)/JG 4, a so-called “Storm” or « assault » wing, built up around a hard core of former Sturmstaffel 1 pilots and an intake of young daredevil volunteers. Committed against the massive USAF bomber fleets pounding the Reich, these German « kamikaze » fighters, as some saw them, were deployed to bring down the American bombers by any means, including ramming if necessary. The first volume of this two part history covers the unit’s establishment, deployments and combat actions through to Autumn 1944, providing for the first time in English a day-by-day, mission-by-mission study of the Luftwaffe’s 4th fighter wing.

     

    The second volume covers the story of the Geschwader from Operation Market Garden in Holland during September 1944 to the final desperate battles over Berlin and capitulation in May 1945. The combats flown by the pilots of JG 4 throughout this nine month period are related with the aid of rare oral testimony and illustrated with photographs from private albums, including a selection of new images for this English-language edition. Covered in detail are the ‘Storm’ missions flown by the Sturmgruppe (including ramming attacks against USAAF bombers), ground-attack bombing sorties during the Ardennes offensive of December 1944, the fullest account yet of the unit’s participation in the 1945 New Year’s Day Operation Bodenplatte, the last desperate sorties flown on the Oder front against the Red Army with, for the first time, accounts in English of German kamikaze attacks flown against the Oder bridges and the final air battles over the ruins of Berlin.

     

    Over the course of 20 years research the author was able to track down and interview virtually every surviving pilot and compile their very often moving and desperate accounts into this book, giving it a uniquely human dimension which will undoubtedly be of interest to all former Allied aviators and their descendants as well as enthusiasts of the period.

     

    Neil Page has produced the translation and his knowledge of both the French and German languages as well as WWII aviation history has enabled us to present this superb English language edition. The work is illustrated with several hundred photographs and is completed with loss and victory listings, a table of commanding officers and Thierry Dekker’s superb full-colour profile artworks. This is an unmissable 232-page A-4 format hardback, with much new information on WWII air combat over Europe, the pilots and their machines.

     

    STORMING THE BOMBERS Vol. 1 ISBN: 978-2-930546-01-8

    242 pages Din A-4, about 300 Photos, Colour Art work

    Chapter 1 – The Origins of I./JG 4
    Chapter 2 – The Italian campaign
    Chapter 3 – Formation of the Stab/JG 4
    Chapter 4 – Sturmstaffel 1
    Chapter 5 – The Creation of II. (Sturm)/JG 4
    Chapter 6 – The Establishment of III./JG 4
    Chapter 7 – I./JG 4 on the Western Front
    Chapter 8 – The Defence of the Reich
    Losses and Claims of Victories
    Inex of Names

  • Storming the bombers. A Chronicle of JG 4 Vol. 2 1944-1945

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    LUGA JG 4/II

    49,90

    The fourth fighter wing of the Luftwaffe was initially established during 1942 and committed to operations in defence of the Rumanian oil fields during 1943. I./JG 4 first saw action in combat against a strike force of B-24 Liberators dispatched on the celebrated low level attack against Ploesti on 1 August 1943, Operation “Tidal Wave”. JG 4 was subsequently deployed in the bitterly fought German defensive campaign on the Italian peninsula during the first half of 1944, prior to being shifted to the Normandy invasion front and then falling back to the frontiers of the Reich in September that year. It was during the summer of 1944 that JG 4 underwent considerable reinforcement with two new Gruppen swelling its ranks. The most effective of these was II. (Sturm)/JG 4, a so-called “Storm” or « assault » wing, built up around a hard core of former Sturmstaffel 1 pilots and an intake of young daredevil volunteers. Committed against the massive USAF bomber fleets pounding the Reich, these German « kamikaze » fighters, as some saw them, were deployed to bring down the American bombers by any means, including ramming if necessary. The first volume of this two part history covers the unit’s establishment, deployments and combat actions through to Autumn 1944, providing for the first time in English a day-by-day, mission-by-mission study of the Luftwaffe’s 4th fighter wing.

     

    The second volume covers the story of the Geschwader from Operation Market Garden in Holland during September 1944 to the final desperate battles over Berlin and capitulation in May 1945. The combats flown by the pilots of JG 4 throughout this nine month period are related with the aid of rare oral testimony and illustrated with photographs from private albums, including a selection of new images for this English-language edition. Covered in detail are the ‘Storm’ missions flown by the Sturmgruppe (including ramming attacks against USAAF bombers), ground-attack bombing sorties during the Ardennes offensive of December 1944, the fullest account yet of the unit’s participation in the 1945 New Year’s Day Operation Bodenplatte, the last desperate sorties flown on the Oder front against the Red Army with, for the first time, accounts in English of German kamikaze attacks flown against the Oder bridges and the final air battles over the ruins of Berlin.

     

    Over the course of 20 years research the author was able to track down and interview virtually every surviving pilot and compile their very often moving and desperate accounts into this book, giving it a uniquely human dimension which will undoubtedly be of interest to all former Allied aviators and their descendants as well as enthusiasts of the period.

     

    Neil Page has produced the translation and his knowledge of both the French and German languages as well as WWII aviation history has enabled us to present this superb English language edition. The work is illustrated with several hundred photographs and is completed with loss and victory listings, a table of commanding officers and Thierry Dekker’s superb full-colour profile artworks. This is an unmissable 232-page A-4 format hardback, with much new information on WWII air combat over Europe, the pilots and their machines.

     

    STORMING THE BOMBERS Vol. 2 ISBN: 978-2-930546-06-3

    232 pages Din A-4, about 300 Photos, Colour Art work

    Chapter 9 – The battle for Arnhem
    Chapter 10 – The las of the Sturmjäger
    Chapter 11 – JG 4 at full Establishment
    Chapter 12 – Jabos
    Chapter 13 – The Ardennes Offensive
    Chapter 14 – Operation Baseplatte – Bodenplatte
    Chapter 15 – A turbulent Start to the new Year
    Chapter 16 – JG 4 on the Eastern Front
    Chapter 17 – Headlong Retreat
    Chapter 18 – Kamikaze Attacks
    Chapter 19 – The bitter End
    Unit Commanders, Losses, Victory Claims, Colour Artwork, Map
    Aknowledgments and Sources,General Index of Names

  • In the Skies of France. A Chronicle of JG 2

    LUGA JG 2/I

    49,90

    It has taken more than 60 years for this first detailed history of the second fighter wing of the Luftwaffe to appear, a chronicle of Jagdgeschwader 2. Conducting operations principally over France and the Channel, JG 2 was destined to become one of the most celebrated of German fighter units, accorded extensive coverage by the propaganda services of the Reich. Awarded the honour title « Richthofen » as early as 1935, JG 2 spearheaded the campaign in the West and the assault againt England in the Battle of Britain. The unit remained in France when the majority of German fighter units were dispatched eastwards for the invasion of Russia during the spring of 1941. Tasked with defending the airspace of Brittany, Normandy and much of Picardy along the French Channel coastline, JG 2 constituted a bulwark against the incursions of the RAF and USAF. Despite the unit’s heavy losses sustained during WW II, the authors managed to locate around one hundred JG 2 veterans and their personal accounts and photographs bring this history vividly to life and imbue it with a human dimension which many will find moving. This first volume of the history of JG 2 covers the early years of the unit from its origins to the turn of the year 1940/1941.
    Compiling a history of this scope would have been an impossible task were it not for the support of many tens of veterans and their families, amateur historians, enthusiasts and friends. We owe a special debt of gratitude to five former members of JG “Richthofen” who were particularly supportive during the long process of assembling this work and whose encouragement and readiness to assist was unswerving: Julius Meimberg and Erich Rudorffer for kindly agreeing to write their respective forewords, Hennig Strümpell, Wolfgang Falck and Dr Siegfried Bethke. It was with great sadness that we learnt of the deaths of the latter three gentlemen before this work could appear.

     

    A number of French researchers have supported this project with their time, energy and considerable knowledge and experience. We would particularly like to thank Richard Goyat and his co-author Jean-Yves Lorant, as well as Frédéric Quesnel.

     

    We extend grateful thanks to the following veterans and to the families of those former members of JG 2 who are no longer with us (F) : Altstidl J., Armbruster F. (F), Arnim v. A. (F), Bachmaier E. (F), Balthasar W. (F), Bertram O. (F), Bethke Dr S. (†), Bey von der Dr G., Bigge J., Bitter von J. (F), Blender H., Bleymüller A. (F), Bode E. (F), Bosseckert E. (F), Brümmerstedt H. (F), Brunkhorst M. (F), Brustellin H.-H. (F), Bühligen K. (F), Bülow v. H. et W. (F), Bürckel J. (F), Burggaller E. (F), Dahmer H. (†), Dessoy L., Detsch A. (F) , Dezius C., Dilthey F., Domaschke G. (F), Edelmann F. (F), Eder B. (F), Eggers M., Eggert R. (†), Eicher T. (F), Eickhoff C., Elias W. (F), Ellenberger H. (F), Ettling A. (F), Everding F., Faber A. (F), Fahrnow K. (F), Falting W. (F), Fasshauer P. (F), Federle R. (F), Felgel-v. Farnholz W. (F), Fiby F. (F), Fischer B., Froeschl J., Gehr O. (F), Gesell C. (F), Gesell W. (F), Giefing E., Goetz von A. (F), Goltzsch K. (F), Graf H. (F), Grebmer von H., Greim H., Gress W. (F), Groiss L. (F), Grossfuss D. (F), Gutzmann E., Halberstadt H. (F); Happel O. (+), Harant K. (F), Hartmann L. (F), Haugut K., Hell A. (F), Helms B. (†), Hofner Dr C., Hohagen E. (F), Honrath E. (F), Hufnagl H. (F), Hussong Dr H. (F), Huy H., Ille G. (†), Immerl A. (F), Inderfurth T. (F), Ippisch J. (F), Jaenisch F. (F), Jahner H., Kabbe L. (†), Keil G. (F), Kieckebusch v. (F), Kittel W., Klaas H. (F), Kleibrink W. (F), Kleinert O., Kleinkorres W. (F), Kohlstrunk W. (F), Kolmanitsch E., Kopietz T (F), Kopp W. (F), Kratzer A. (F), Kröner P. (F), Krumnow Herbert, Krutein L. (F), Kübler G. (F), Leie E. (F), Leiser K. (F), Lemke S. (F), Leuschen H. (F), Liedig W. (F), Liesendahl F. (F), Limberg G. (†), Lubich v. I. (F), Mader A. (F), Maier G. (†), Maier H. (F), Märschel B. (F), Marsfelde G., Matthes H. (F), Mayer E. (F), Meimberg J., Meiners B. (F), Mertens M. (F), Miksche W. (F), Minnigerode v.A. (F), Möllinger A., Morzinek W. (F), Müngersdorff P. (†), Neumann-Merkel P. (F), Nicol H. (F), Niesmann J. (F), Ohlig O. (F), Orlik Franz, Pfaff A. (F), Pflanz R. (F), Pirkl H. (F), Prentzel W. (F), Probst K.-O. (F), Querengässer G. (F), Rau H. (F), Reden v. E. (F), Reichgeld A. (F), Reichherzer M. (F), Reifferscheidt H. (†), Reinwald W., Reith J. (F), Reng L. (F), Riebesel B. (F), Rietzler F. (F), Röders H.-C. (F), Rogge H., Rothenfelder R. (F), Rothkirchen v. (F), Rudorffer E., Santler Dr. H. (F), Schädler A. (F), Scheefer W. (F), Schlieffen v. C. (F), Schmitt E., Schneider H. (F), Schoenebeck C.-A. (F), Schönborn v. C. (F), Schönebeck v. (F), Schönweitz A., Schweighofer A. (F), Schweikart K. (F), Schyma H. (F), Seeger G., Siedenbielden K., Stein vom E. (F), Steinhardt Dr. H. (F), Steinhaus W. (F), Stolberg zu Stolberg M. (F), Stolz H., Strümpell H. (†), Temme P. (F), Thomas H., Voss G.-G. (†), Votel K. (F), Weber R. (F), Wehnelt H. (†), Wehrhagen W. (F), Wenger L. (F), Weth J. (F), Wickop D. (F), Winterfeld v. A. (F), Wirtgen R. (F), Wojacek M., Wurm H. (F), Wurmheller J. (F), Zauner M. (F), Zettel H. (F), Zimmermann K. (F)Researchers : Archambault C., Balke U., Ballarini P., Bouwer S., Braatz K., Cony C., Creek E., Dahiot D., Davis D., Dekker (talentueux auteur des profils et des couvertures), Dillen J. (auteur des très belles cartes), Dufrasne P., Emmerling M., Fernandez-Sommerau M., Forsyth R., Goss C., Hallensleben F., Jeckel H., Kaddatz R., Kock W. (Luftarchiv), Larger E., Ledet M., Lemarchant L., Lemser R., Michelet Y., Overhoff G., Petrick P., Postulka H., Quesnel F., Simon M., Sohl D., Souffan M., Taghon P., Tullis T., van Mol J.-P., Vasco J., Vis R., Watteeuw P. …

     

    316 pages DIN A4 Size, covered period : 1934 – end of 1940.
    1: Foreword by Julius Meimberg and Erich Rudorffer
    1: Chapter 1 – The Origins of JG 2
    2: Chapter 2 – The « Phoney War »
    3: Chapter 3 – Campaign in the West
    4: Chapter 4 – Air Battles over England and the Channel
    5: Appendix 1 – Losses (victory claims tables are in the chronology of the text)
    6: Appendix 2 – Colour Artwork
    7: Index of Names

  • Luftwaffe Gallery Vol.6

    LUGA VOL 6

    19,90

    Luftwaffe Gallery No.6

    Authors: Erik Mombeeck, Maciej Góralczyk

    This book has 56 pages and features five fascinating articles:

    1. From Kriegsmarine to Luftwaffe: the story of 1. Staffel of Küstenfliegergruppe 106

    (by Tim Oliver)

    1. Card and dice emblems: Chance and Superstition
    2. Claim or victory (with Johannes Matthews)
    3. Kurt Ubben and his aircraft
    4. Luftwaffe airfield and runway equipment: Tankers and Bowsers (by Laurent Freidine)

     

    These are lavishly illustrated with 115 rare photos and 23 specially commissioned colour profiles that had been created by Janusz Światłoń and Arkadiusz Wróbel.

  • Luftwaffe Gallery Vol.5

    LUGA VOL 5

    19,90

    Author: Erik Mombeeck

     

    This book has 56 pages and features five fascinating articles:

    1. Emblem Gallery: Raining cats and dogs
    2. Camouflage Gallery: JG 2 mottle musings (with Neil Page)
    3. Markings Gallery: All in a spin – Colourful spinners
    4. Unit Gallery I: Six months with 2./JG 2, from eagle to owl.
    5. Unit Gallery II: Wekusta 2 in all weathers, by Pierre Babin

     

    Readers’ Corner

    These are lavishly illustrated with 96 rare photos and 28 colour profiles that had been created by Thierry Dekker.

  • SPECIAL Luftwaffe Gallery 4 – JG 5 ‘Fighters of the Midnight Sun’

    LUGA JG 5

    29,95

    Authors: Erik Mombeeck, Maciej Góralczyk

    This new volume is devoted to JG 5 ‘Fighters of the Midnight Sun’. Nothing predestined young German fighter pilots to fly and fight among the grandiose landscapes of Norway, Finland or Lapland with their hostile climates. Many of them would find their last resting places in the storm-tossed icy waters of the Arctic Sea or the snow-covered plains of the tundra. Who even now knows that the defeat of the Wehrmacht was precipitated by the failure to conquer Europe’s northern-most small territory?

     

    This latest Luftwaffe Gallery ‘special issue’ tells the story of this fighter Geschwader and its numerous aces on 96 pages, filled with rare and newly translated first person accounts, over 240 photos (many previously unpublished) and 32 specially commissioned artworks that had been created by Janusz Światłoń.

  • SPECIAL Luftwaffe Gallery 3 – JG 54 ‘The Green Hearts’

    LUGA JG 54

    29,95

    Authors: Erik Mombeeck, Maciej Góralczyk

    JG 54 was perhaps the most fascinating fighter Geschwader of the Luftwaffe, not least for modellers. This is in large measure due to the variety of non-standard colour schemes worn by the unit’s Bf 109 and Fw 190 fighters as well as the diversity of its emblems and insignia displayed both early and late in the war.

     

    On 96 pages of this latest Luftwaffe Gallery ‘special issue’ we highlight the story of this fighter Geschwader through rare and newly translated first person accounts, 207 photos of which many are published for the first time, and 32 specially commissioned profiles that had been created by Thierry Dekker.

     

  • SPECIAL Luftwaffe Gallery 2 – JG 77 ‘Fighting on Every Front’

    LUGA JG 77

    29,95

    Author: Erik Mombeeck

    Several factors characterise the history of JG 77: the diversity of its origins, the fact that the Geschwader fought on all fronts, flying the Messerschmitt Bf 109 throughout (except for a very brief interlude on Macchi 205), the striking number and quality of its insignia and the fact that it had in its ranks a large number of the leading fighter aces.

     

    Through newly translated personal accounts, over 230 photos and 31 colour profiles, we tell the story of this unit on 96 pages of this ‘special issue’ of Luftwaffe Gallery.

  • SPECIAL Luftwaffe Gallery 1 – JG 26 ‘The Abbeville Boys’

    LUGA JG 26

    29,95

    Author: Erik Mombeeck

    In the Luftwaffe Gallery series, this expanded special edition is devoted to JG 26, the famed ‘Abbeville Boys’ or ‘Abbeville Kids’ of RAF and USAAF legend. This superb new title provides an unparalleled view of air combat in the skies of Britain and France, from dog-fighting between Messerschmitts and Spitfires during the campaign in the West and the Battle of Britain, to fighter bomber missions over southern England, to the Allied invasion of Normandy and the desperate sorties flown by the unit’s Fw 190s against the huge USAAF bomber streams.

     

    On 96 pages, you’ll find 28 superb colour profiles created by Thierry Dekker, over 240 photographs and newly translated personal accounts.

  • Luftwaffe Gallery Vol.4

    LUGA VOL 4

    19,90

    Author: Erik Mombeeck

    Luftwaffe Gallery No.4 offers six interesting articles:

    1. Emblem Gallery: Luftwaffe aircraft eagle emblems
    2. Camouflage Gallery: Paint schemes of III./JG 3, spring 1942
    3. Equipment Gallery I: Metal pennants
    4. Colour Gallery: The Ju 87
    5. Equipment Gallery II: Pilot victory sticks, part 2
    6. Marking Gallery: The tail band colours of III./JG 6 (by Kees Mol)

     

    All gathered on 56 pages, lavishly illustrated with 28 colour profiles and more than 100 photos, including many in colour!

     

  • Luftwaffe Gallery Vol.3

    LUGA VOL 3

    19,90

    Author: Erik Mombeeck

     

    This book has 56 pages and features six fascinating articles:

    1. Emblem Gallery I: The Zylinder Hut/Top Hat emblem (with Many Souffan)
    2. Camouflage Gallery: JG 54 snakeskin pattern paint schemes (with Maciej Góralczyk)
    3. Colour Gallery: Luftwaffe liaison – Supporting operations in the desert
    4. Emblem Gallery II: JG 53 Jabostaffel in Sicily
    5. Equipment Gallery I: Seenot! Down in the drink (with Yves Empain)
    6. Equipment Gallery II: Langnasen Dora 9 (with Kees Mol, James Crow, Maciej Góralczyk and Neil Page)

     

    These are lavishly illustrated with more than 80 photos, including many in colour, and 33 colour profiles that had been created by Thierry Dekker.

  • Luftwaffe Gallery Vol.2

    LUGA VOL 2

    19,90

    Author: Erik Mombeeck

     

    This book has 56 pages and contains six fascinating articles:

    1. Emblem Gallery: The Mickey Mouse cartoon character (with Many Souffan and Thierry Dekker)
    2. Camouflage Gallery: Scribble pattern paint schemes (with Thierry Dekker)
    3. Colour Gallery: Bf 109 Fs in Sicily
    4. Markings Gallery: Maritime strike aircraft rudders
    5. Equipment Gallery I: Pilot victory sticks part 1 (with Thierry Dekker)
    6. Equipment Gallery II: Sea planes Special part 1 (with Thierry Dekker)

     

    These are lavishly illustrated with around 100 photos, including many in colour, and 32 colour profiles that had been created by Thierry Dekker.

  • Luftwaffe Gallery Vol.1

    LUGA VOL 1

    19,90

    Author: Erik Mombeeck

     

    This book has 56 pages and contains seven interesting articles:

    1. Markings Gallery I: Red cowling bands
    2. Markings Gallery II: Yellow cowlings on Bf 109 Fs
    3. Markings Gallery III: White noses on Bf 110s
    4. Colour Gallery: Jnukers Ju 88 special
    5. Camouflage Gallery: Cross hatch paint schemes
    6.  Equipment Gallery: Luftwaffe tunic lapel badges
    7.  Emblem Gallery: The Bonzo cartoon dog character

     

    These are lavishly illustrated with over 90 photos, including several in colour, and 30 colour profiles that had been created by Thierry Dekker.

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