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MESSERSCHMITT BF 109, THE YUGOSLAV STORY VOLUME 2

OPERATIONAL RECORD 1939-1953

Autore: Boris Ciglic, Dragan Savic, Mialn Micevski

Codice: 401002002

€ 40,00

Dettagliata storia, corredata da ricco materiale illustrativo, dell’impiego da parte delle forze aeree della Jugoslavia del caccia tedesco Messerschmitt Bf 109 dal 1939, durante tutta la seconda guerra mondiale fino al 1953.

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The iconic Messerschmitt Bf 109 roamed the skies over the Balkans for fourteen years with eight different air forces, while Yugoslav pilots flew it across the European continent, from the Bay of Biscay, over East Prussia and Ukrainian steppe, till the foothills of the Caucasus. This book is a sequel to the Volume I, which told the story of the best fighter in the inventory of the Royal Yugoslav Air Force, and a mainstay of the Luftwaffe fighters operating over Yugoslavia. 

The first chapter in the Volume II follows in unprecedented detail the path of the Croat Air Force Legion fighter component, which fought on the Eastern Front both at the time of easy victories and against the overwhelming might of the Red Air Force as a part of the crack JG 52. Most of the actions of 15.(kroat.)/JG 52 have been paired with recently disclosed documents from Russian archives and for the first time, this provides an exceptional insight into the true combat value of the Croat Legionnaires and their Bf 109s.

A lot has been written about the Bf 109s in minor Axis countries, yet its short and inglorious line of duty in the Independent State of Croatia is almost unknown. Based on wealth of previously unpublished data and first hand accounts, the second chapter covers the acquisition and service of the most modern aircraft of the puppet Croat state and many incredible episodes from its service.

The changing fortunes of the Bulgarian airmen that flew the Bf 109 over Yugoslavia in their war against the USAAF and then the Germans is described in chapter three. Their actions and claims have been deeply researched and thoroughly cross-checked, both with Allied and German records.

Emergence of the Partisan guerrilla air force and its trophy fighters – a curiosity not seen in any other teatre of war – and the unexpected return of the German engineering masterpiece into the skies of the Yugoslav Republic in 1948 is chronicled in the fourth chapter. With young and inexperienced pilots at the controls of demanding and unforgiving fighter, the service of 77 aircraft was marked with incredible 120 accidents.

The final chapter explains in detail various camouflage patterns and markings applied on Bf 109s in Croat Air Force Legion, Independent State of Croatia, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.

Comprehensive appendixes contain the most precise list of confirmed and unconfirmed victories and losses of Legionnaire Bf 109 pilots ever published; register of Croat Bf 109 losses; Bulgarian Bf 109 claims and losses over Yugoslavia, list of Bf 109s delivered to Bulgaria whilst in Axis camp, list of Bf 109s captured by the Luftwaffe at Skoplje after Bulgaria switched sides; register of Bf 109s in Yugoslav inventory with production numbers and previous service history, their accident log, list of 255 DB 605 engines in Yugoslav inventory; and detailed comparison of ranks.

Illustrated with 37 superb aircraft profiles and 255 photographs – the vast majority of which are published for the first time, ‘Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Yugoslav Story (Volume II)’ represents the result of decades of painstaking research. It is drawn from extensive archival sources, numerous interviews and personal recollections, as well as documents and artifacts from private collections in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Czechia, France, South Africa, New Zealand, United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Finland and Italy.

CONTENTS:

Foreword 5

Chapter 1: Legionnaires

A Road into the Unknown 7

The Front of All Fronts 9

In Icy Skies 12

Fiery Spring 20

Time of Vacillation 28

Gustavs Over the Caucasus 35

On the Gates of Tuapse 50

New Challenges 57

Battle Over Kuban 59

Time of Crisis 65

Offspring in the Crimea 71

Fight to the Last 81

Long Way Home 84

Chapter 2: Fighters of the Zvonimir Cross

Terror State 87

Too Little Too Late 91

Every Man for Himself 96

Chapter 3: Bulgarian Arrows

Defending Sofia 103

En Route to Ploiesti 111

Under the Allied Flag 115

Spoils of War 121

Chapter 4: Protectors of the Republic

Guerilla Air Force 123

War Booty 124

Bulgarian Connection 130

Back on First Line Service 134

Marshal’s Guards 137

The Young Regiment 142

Gloomy Year 145

End of the Road 156

Survivors 165

Chapter 5: Camouflage and Markings

Hrvatska zrakoplovna legija 167

Zrakoplovstvo Nezavisne Države Hrvatske 170

Vazdushni na Negovo Velichestvo Voyski & Vazdushni Voyski 171

Vazduhoplovstvo jugoslovenske armije & Jugoslovensko ratno vazduhoplovstvo 173

Endnotes 175

Appendix 1: Provisional List of Claims Achieved With Bf 109s by HZL Pilots 1941 – 1944 177

Appendix 2: Known Losses of Luftwaffe Bf 109s with HZL Pilots 1941 – 1944 183

Appendix 3: Known ZNDH Bf 109 Losses 1944 – 1945 184

Appendix 4: Known Claims Achieved With Bf 109 by VnNVV Pilots Over Yugoslavia 1943 – 1945 185

Appendix 5: Known Bf 109 Deliveries to VnNVV 1941 – 1945 186

Appendix 6: Known VnNVV & VV Bf 109 Losses in Operations Over Yugoslavia 1943 – 1945 186

Appendix 7: VnNVV Bf 109Gs Seized by Luftwaffe at Skoplje Aerodrome, September 1944 186

Appendix 8: VJA & JRV Bf 109 Register 1945 – 1953 187

Appendix 9: VJA & JRV Bf 109 List of Losses & Accidents 1945 – 1952 188

Appendix 10: Reconstruction of the Register of DB 605A & D Engines in JRV Inventory 190

Appendix 11: Approximate Comparison of Ranks 190

Abbreviations 191

Selected Bibliography 192

Selected Archival Funds and Documents 192

Selected Internet Sources 192

Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Color 193

 

 

Lingua

INGLESE

Illustrazioni

255 foto in bianco e nero, 37 profili a colori

Pagine

200

Misure

21 x 29

ISBN
9788690972739