Cybermodeler Online

Celebrating 21 years of hobby news and reviews

PROUDLY SPONSORED BY:

  • modelrectifier.com
  • culttvmanshop.com
  • hobbyzone.biz
  • horizon-models.com
  • luckymodel.com
  • hobbyzone.biz
  • stores.ebay.com/tacairhobbies

Notice: The appearance of U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Defense, or NASA imagery or art does not constitute an endorsement nor is Cybermodeler Online affiliated with these organizations.

FOLLOW US:

  • Facebook
  • Parler
  • Twitter
  • RSS
  • Flickr
  • YouTube

Day Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe 1939-42

Day Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe 1939-42 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review July 2020 Title Day Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe 1939-42
Author Neil Page Publisher Aviation Collectables
Published 2020 ISBN 9781612008486
Format 128 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $24.95

Review

Neil Page explores the human face of WWII aerial combat in Day Fighter Aces of the Luftwaffe 1939-42 – first in a two-volume set in the “Casemate Illustrated” range.

After an introduction with timeline, coverage chronologically covers all major Luftwaffe campaigns through 1942:

  • The Polish Campaign and the Phoney [sic: “Phony”] War
  • The Campaign in the West, 1940
  • Over England, 1940
  • Waiting for Barbarossa, 1941
  • Barbarossa, 1941
  • Africa, 1941
  • On the English Channel, 1941
  • Over the USSR, 1941
  • In the West, 1942
  • The Mediterranean, 1942

Personnel and unit deployments, action accounts, victory claims, and aircraft usage dominate text. Sidebars and biographical notes augment coverage. And a helpful glossary, selected bibliography, and index conclude contents.

Period color and B&W photos, profile art, archival reproductions, chronologies, and portrait shots illustrate the effort.

But some aircraft identifications appear suspect.

I highly doubt, for instance, that Luftwaffe pilots commenced their WWII victory claims with “four PZL 24s” the first day of combat. France never called Hawk 75s “P-36s” – a US designation. And what exactly is an “SB-3”?

Some conclusions remain debatable, too.

I suspect, for instance, that many historians would disagree that “it is perhaps clear that the Battle of Britain was not the close-run thing of British propaganda”.

Still, this remains a handy, 128-page handbook on early-WWII Luftwaffe aces. Make it your launchpad for further study of this seminal subject.

With thanks to Casemate Publishing for the review copy!