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||Soft cover, 28 pages of text
with 21 photographs, 5 profiles and a sheet of decals
USD$13.46 from Squadron Mail Order.
||Polish and English text in
parallel columns. Decals in 1/72, 1/48 and 1/32 for 5 aircraft and
masks for markings.
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
Aircraft Aces 3 is available online from Squadron.com
This is the third in Kagero’s Aces
series. In this slim volume the exploits of Heinz Ewald, Walter Wolfrum
and Werner Hohenberg are covered.
Ewald survived the war with combat record of 84 aircraft destroyed. 82
of these were Soviet aircraft, which he met in combat while serving with
JG 52 on the Eastern Front. Because of his luck in combat early on, he
was given the nickname “Esau” or “Lucky Pig”.
Another JG 52 ace we meet in this book is Walter Woflrum, who finished
the war with a combat record of 137 aircraft shot down. There is an
interesting piece of information in his biographic sketch. It is that
Luftwaffe pilots appear to have been forbidden to use red marking on
their aircraft, so as to avoid confusion with Soviet aircraft. But
Wolfrum took captured Russian red paint to paint his spinner red, to
which he applied a white spiral.
final JG 52 (also JG 2) ace is Werner Hohenberg. Hohenberg had the
interesting distinction of being the wingman to a number of other aces,
including, among others, Hermann Graf and Günter Rall.
As in previous editions of Aircraft Aces, each pilot is introduced with
a brief and dramatic story, told in the first person, of the pilot’s
most significant adventure. This is followed with a thumbnail biography.
The heart of this volume is a mere quick acquaintance with each pilot.
If you are looking for more historical detail, than anecdotes, then you
will need to look elsewhere.
What make this volume valuable to
modelers is the inclusion of a sheet of decals in three scales, 1/72/
14/8 and 1/32, for five aircraft flown by the three pilots. Except for
the special light gray swastika and crosses for Hohenberg’s aircraft,
there are no national markings or swastikas. The markings for each ace
are as follows:
109G-6, Black < + - , Stab II. / JG52. RLM 74 / 75 / 75 with yellow
fuselage band, underside of cowling and underside of wing tips. The
aircraft is marked with pink pig and the letter “E”. Grammatikovo
airfield, Crimea, 1 April 1944.
109G-6/R6, yellow 11 + -, 6 / JG 52, RLM 74 / 75 / 76 with yellow
fuselage band and underside of wing tips. This aircraft also has the
pink pig with the letter “E”. Husi airfield, Rumania, June 1944.
109G-10 Erla build (labeled in the book as a G-10/AS), white 3 + -,
6 / JG 52, RLM 82 / 83 / 76 with a yellow fuselage band. The
aircraft carries the recognition yellow “V” under the left wing.
This time the pig is but a mere outline with the letter “E”.
Veszprem airfield, Hungary, February 1945. Note: I believe that the
colors called for are not correct, and it is more likely that the
aircraft was painted 81 / 83.
Bf 109G-6, black 15, 5 / JG 52, RLM 74 /
75 / 76 with yellow fuselage band, underside of cowling and underside of
wing tips. The aircraft has the name “Quex” under the cockpit (Wolfrum’s
girlfriend’s nickname). Grammatikovo airfield, Crimea, April 1944.
Fw 190D-9, black < II, Stab I / JG .2,
RLM 75 / 83 / 76 with a yelloe-white-yellow defense band, the number 41
in white is on the rudder. Dorff at Stolberg, Germany, 1 January 1945.
The Kagero Aircraft Aces series adopts a
very interesting style to the subject. I would call it the "cocktail
party to meet the aces” approach. You get an introduction, and a
number of anecdotes, but you never learn about them in depth. I
recommend this to those who enjoy such brief encounters.
As I noted previously, I’m sure that the
books in this series will be snapped up not only for the included
decals, but also merely for the pleasure of collecting the entire
Thanks to Squadron
for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2004 by
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
This Page Created on 11 September, 2004
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