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Day Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe (Hardback)

Knight's Cross Holders 1939-1942

Aviation > WWII > Luftwaffe Military > By Century > 20th Century P&S History WWII

By Jeremy Dixon
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 320
Illustrations: 300 mono illustrations
ISBN: 9781526778642
Published: 4th July 2023



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The German fighter pilots of the Second World War are among the undoubted heroes of the conflict, their reputation for flying skill, single-minded determination and solitary courage hasn’t diminished or been clouded by controversy over the years. Their daring and commitment, often displayed when, towards the end of the war, they were fighting against the odds, matches that of any of the other air forces they fought against. This detailed, highly illustrated reference book, which covers the exploits of the most famous and successful individuals among them, shows just how effective and undaunted they were.

All the Luftwaffe day fighter pilots who flew single-seater aircraft and won the Knight’s Cross during the war are featured. The entries give information about their early lives and pre-war careers and record how many aircraft they shot down, the type of aircraft involved and where and when the combat took place. Included are accounts of particular actions which led to the award of the Knight’s Cross, and the fate of these remarkable pilots later in the war and in the post-war world is described too.

Jeremy Dixon’s book will be fascinating reading and reference for anyone who is interested in the aviation history of the Second World War.

"Dixon’s work should be a 'must read' to the aviation historian who specializes in the Luftwaffe or the early European air war. Taken in small digestible portions, the reader will come away with a much deeper understanding of these aviators."

The Journal of the Air Force Historical Foundation

"There's a lot packed in making it an essential volume for those researching pilots or associated medals."

The Armourer - November 2023

About Jeremy Dixon

Jeremy Dixon has been interested in Nazi Germany for over thirty-five years and has written several books on the subject. His first book Commandersof Auschwitz detailed the careers of the SS officers who served at Auschwitz concentration camp. It was followed by books dealing with Luftwaffe generals who won the Knight’s Cross, a two-volume study of recipients of Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, and the third which details the holders who served in the Fallschirmjäger, Germany’s elite parachute unit. His most recent publication is The U-Boat Commanders: Knight’s Cross Holders 1939-1945.

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