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Jagdgeschwader 53 `Pik-As' Bf 109 Aces of 1940 : Aircraft of the Aces - Chris Goss

Jagdgeschwader 53 `Pik-As' Bf 109 Aces of 1940

Aircraft of the Aces

By: Chris Goss, Chris Davey (Illustrator), Jim Laurier (Illustrator)

Paperback Published: 23rd February 2017
ISBN: 9781472818713
Number Of Pages: 96

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Boasting pilots who had been blooded in the Spanish Civil War, Jagdgeschwader 53 (JG 53) 'Pik As' or 'Ace of Spades' achieved great success in the skies over France and Britain in 1940. It was infamous among its opponents for the quality and caliber of its aces - men such as Werner Molders, Hans-Karl Mayer and Rolf Pingel. These aces won numerous Knight's Crosses for their exploits in 1940, credited with 258 victories, with 51 pilots being killed or captured. This study follows these pilots of JG 53 into battle, telling the stories of their victories, losses, and ultimate fate.

Containing 36 profile illustrations depicting the drastic change in appearance of their aircraft over time, and complemented by thorough research, this book is a welcome addition to Osprey's popular Aircraft of the Aces series.

About the Author

Chris Goss is a retired senior Royal Air Force officer. He has amassed a substantial collection of original wartime material and photographs as a result of interviews and extensive correspondence with veterans and their families. Chris has written more than fourteen books, including Bloody Biscay, Brothers in Arms, and The Luftwaffe's Blitz.

About the Illustrator

Chris Davey has illustrated more than 30 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft, and Aviation Elite Units series. He is one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business and is based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.

Introduction 6
Chapter One: To War 9
Chapter Two: Battle of France 20
Chapter Three: Battle of Britain - The Western Battle 32
Chapter Four: Battle of Britain - The Eastern Battle 55
Chapter Five: 1940 - The Final Days 66
Appendices 81
Colour Plates Commentary 93
Index 96

ISBN: 9781472818713
ISBN-10: 1472818717
Series: Aircraft of the Aces
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 23rd February 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 19.4  x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.3

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