By John Weal
The top scoring aces of any aerial clash have been the Luftwaffe pilots enthusiastic about the bloody combats at the Russian entrance. the most typical fighter utilized by those pilots was once the Bf 109, which used to be interested in the motion from Operation Barbarossa in June 1941, via to the doomed Defence of the Reich in 1945. devices like JGs five, fifty two and fifty four all flew the Messerschmitt fighter, progressing from Emil to Gustav variations. This quantity comprises all of the high-scoring aces, and explains simply how tricky a role the Jagdwaffe confronted at the Russian entrance, and the way its specialists completed such overwhelming ratings.
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