Luftwaffe Aces in the Battle of Britain written by Chris Goss and published by Air World Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 286

Whatever job you do, you want to do your best or be the best at what you do. Well it’s the same if you’re a fighter pilot in WW2. This book takes a look specifically at German pilots who served in the Luftwaffe around the time of the Battle of Britain. This book written and researched by the author Chris Goss, looks at the individual German pilots, their experience, their work rate and where. The book also looks at how many times they were shot down and how many enemy fighters they themselves shot down. The book also includes fifty three ‘forgotten’ Messerschmitt Bf 110 pilots who also achieved flying Ace status.

A fascinating book indeed, when you think most books cover the Allied side, it was really good to read about how the German pilots got on during the event. I should say having recently read the Battle of Britain reference book about the British pilots, click here. Luftwaffe Aces is just like this except that we get a bit more detail about each of the pilots. The book is a really great read and I’ve learnt so much not only about general aviation, but quite a bit about the detail of German flying during WW2. The only slight downside was having to keep reverting back to the Glossary, whilst reading through. But after a while you do get used to it. Reading about the bravery on the German side makes a nice change, and I was surprised to learn how the pilots are moved around from theatre to theatre. I suppose I had just thought you’d want to try and get your best men concentrating on the one theatre. But then when you consider how badly run the Luftwaffe were, there probably shouldn’t be much surprise. I would most definitely recommend this book to others and I would certainly give a thorough 5 star rating.