Aces of Jagdgeschwader 3 'Udet' (Aircraft of the Aces) by John Weal

By John Weal

Jagdgeschwader three won't have a similar fast resonance as a few of the extra well-known Luftwaffe fighter devices, such Jagdgeschwader 2 'Richthofen', however it is arguably the archetypal German fighter formation of worldwide warfare 2. not just did it perform each crusade fought by way of the Luftwaffe (with the exceptions of Poland and Norway), it flew each significant version of the 2 mythical German wartime opponents, the Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Focke-Wulf Fw one hundred ninety – beginning with the Bf 109E in 1939 and finishing with the Fw 190D-9 'Long-nose' in 1945. And, in the course of the process the hostilities, it numbered between its ranks greater than 70 Knight's pass winners (a overall passed by means of just one different Jagdgeschwader). The wealth and diversity of element afforded via the sort of history – consisting of the historical battles of england, Stalingrad, Kursk, Normandy, the Ardennes and Berlin – offers a fantastic framework upon which to painting the multitude of news, exploits and supreme fates of the numerous aces themselves, from the now unknown trio who accomplished their first 5 kills through the Blitzkrieg in France within the overdue spring/early summer season of 1940 to the approximately two-dozen hugely acclaimed and lauded 'centurions' who flew with JG 3.

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