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This book is the second of three in our Wingleader Photo Archive series devoted to Bf 109 Units in the Battle of Britain. It covers JG27, JG51 and JG52. This is a project that we were actually working on some years ago but which stalled through the lack of decent photographs. With the launch of our new Wingleader series, we saw a way of revitalising the project using all the profiles that had been prepared, and introducing a lot of newly discovered 109 photos.
The result is slightly different to the Spitfire and Hurricane MkI books in that this one concentrates on the units rather than the history of the aircraft itself. The great thing is that each Staffel has a specially commissioned profile by renowned digital artist Piotr Forkasiewicz, (39 in this book alone), making it a remarkably colourful read in every way.
The aim of this book is to help the reader identify and understand the various styles of camouflage and markings used by the Bf 109 units during the Battle. Some had large numerals, some small, some had heavily mottled sides, others pale blue. Some had emblems and some carried both the Gruppe and Staffel emblems at the same time. Do have a look at our sample pages below to see how it looks inside, it's probably one of the most colourful books we've ever published!
Milan lives in Slovakia and has been a Luftwaffe enthusiast for many, many years.