By John Weal
The interval lined during this quantity was once thought of to be the 'glory years' for the Jagdwaffe - clean from the event received within the Spanish Civil warfare - and for the Bf 109 specifically. Many recognized pilots scored their first kills within the vintage dogfights staged over Poland, Western Europe, the Channel and at last southern England. a few forty Knight's Crosses have been offered in 1940 on my own. even if, after sweeping all prior to them in aid of the Blitzkrieg throughout continental Europe, the Bf 109E pilots have been to undergo badly through the conflict of england, the results of bad strategies inflicted upon them via the Luftwaffe excessive Command, and their mount's much less then beneficiant diversity.
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Bf 109D/E Aces 1939-41 by John Weal