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THE DECLINE & FALL OF AN EAGLE

Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Action, Part 2 - Aircraft No. 57 - John R. Beaman Jr., Don Greer

"Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Action, Part 2" takes up from where Part 1 ended. The focus in this book is on the variants of the Bf 109 from the F version ('Friedrich') - which was lauded by many of the pilots who flew it in combat between late 1940 and 1942 as the best of all the Bf 109s built - to the G version ('Gustav') - which was the most produced variant in the Bf 109 stable - and on to the K variant, which was first deployed in October 1944 with a number of Luftwaffe fighter units.

 

This book, besides boasting of a rich variety of photos and illustrations, reflects the final evolution of a top fighter plane, which by 1942, had reached the limits of its design parameters. And yet, given the changing fortunes of the war for Germany, continued to soldier on (with varying degrees of success) til the end of the war in May 1945.