Totally outnumbered throughout their short two-year sojourn in the Western Desert, the crack fighter pilots of the handful of Jagdgeschwader in-theatre fought an effective campaign in support of Rommel's Afrika Korps against the British and American forces. Relying almost exclusively on the Luftwaffe's staple fighter of World War 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the battle-hardened aces used the aircraft's superior performance to achieve incredible scores against the Allies. Similarly, once pushed out of North Africa, these units continued to take the fight to the RAF and USAAF from makeshift bases in northern Italy.PoW 10 Apr 42 37 oa 5+ 15 oa/47 fs RK, KIA Oct42 33 oa RK, ftoJG3) I./JG 77 (to Sicily 6 July 42; to N Africa! ... Type: single-seat fighter Armament: Two MG FF20mm cannon and two MG 17 7.9mm machines guns Powerplant: one Daimler-Benz DB 601 A inverted-vee engine rated at 1050 hp for take-off Dimensions: span 32ft 4V; in; length 28 ft 4a#39;A in; height 11ft TIagt; in Weights: maximum loaded 5523 lbanbsp;...
|Title||:||Bf 109 Aces of North Africa and the Mediterranean|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 2012-11-20|