" Das Deutsche Volk muss ein Volk von Fliegern werden" - you're wondering why the word Flieger ('airman' or 'airmen') - which has no plural form in German- is written here with an 'n' ? And in his latest (first) Osprey 'Air Campaign' title why does Doug Dildy write 'Jagdgeschwadern' throughout - when the plural form is 'Jagdgeschwader' !
Go here for a quick lesson on German prepositions and cases!
An image demonstrating how lighting conditions can impact on the appearance of the camouflage finish. The early two greens scheme on this Dora (?) would 'ordinarily' appear as a single homogenous color coat. See these pre-war Emil colour stills here
Issue no.6 of Heimdal's "Aces" magazine just arrived - 100 beautifully printed pages on thick glossy stock jam-packed with Fw 190s, Bf 109s, Spitfires and Hurricanes...
features include " Focke Wulf 190 summer 1943 " (10 pages), "35th victory of Kurt Goltzch" (4 pages), " the 200th sortie of Hubert Pölz of Schlachtgeschwader 3" (a superb 4-page PK photo report)....among others
Cover photos show Kurt Goltzch in front of his G-6 'white 23' of the Stab II./JG 2 and below that, Bruno Stolle, Gkr. III./JG 2 (not JG 26), preparing for a sortie in his Fw 190 A-5 'white 24' .. more rare ECPAd pictures along with superlative artworks in the articles..
Junkers Ju 390 V-1 "GH+UK" vermutlich Winter 1943/44 in Merseburg, Rechlin oder Dessau.
The Junkers Ju 390 was a rare bird - only two constructed - intended to be used as a heavy transport, maritime patrol aircraft, and long-range bomber, a long-range derivative of the Ju 290. It was one of the aircraft designs submitted for the abortive Amerika Bomber project, along with the Messerschmitt Me 264, the Focke-Wulf Ta 400, and by February 1943, the Heinkel He 277. Two prototypes were created by attaching an extra pair of inner-wing segments onto the wings of basic Ju 90 and Ju 290 airframes, and adding new sections to lengthen the fuselages..
Below; Junkers Ju 290 A vermutlich im Winter 1943/44 in Merseburg, Rechlin oder Dessau.
'The Women Who Flew for Hitler' by Clare Mulley is published in paperback today and has been getting great reviews. " Not an attempt to look at good Nazis or bad women, it is an attempt to look at two real women whose very different choices put them on opposite sides of history." Clare's book describes the lives of two German test pilots, Hanna Reitsch and Melitta von Stauffenberg, who ended up on opposing sides of the regime. Watch the 2-min book trailer below filmed at the IWM, Duxford
- 'Vividly drawn... this is a thrilling story', The Telegraph
- ‘Popular history of a high order', The Times
- ‘A satisfying, rollicking read… well researched and beautifully written', The Spectator
- ‘Superb and beautifully written, well paced and full of drama.’ The Literary Review
"....Clare Mulley, award-winning author of three biographies, has produced a stunning dual exploration of these two remarkable flying aces, retrieving their chequered, interwoven lives from the dusty corners of history, reassessing their wartime careers and providing fascinating insights into Nazi Germany and its attitudes to women, class and race. Hanna and Melitta, two talented, courageous and strikingly attractive women, fought convention to make their names in the male-dominated field of flight in 1930s Germany. Middle-class, vivacious Hanna, with her distinctive Aryan looks and go-getting energy, was a champion glider in the years between the wars, making her name as a celebrity-seeking, over-confident daredevil....Melitta, who was also awarded the Iron Cross, was more than just a test pilot; when she wasn’t in the cockpit of a Stuka dive bomber, she was at her drawing board, working on the development of planes in her high-level job as an aeronautical engineer...."