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||Osprey Aircraft of the
Aces No. 63
Fokker D.VII Aces of World War 1 - Part Two by Norman Franks
and Greg Van Wyngarden
||Soft cover, 96 pages
GB£12.99 online from Osprey Publishing
very readable, superb colour artwork.
Fokker D.VII Aces of World War 1 - Part Two
may be ordered online from Squadron.com
For those of us lucky enough to have Part I in this series, its long
awaited companion is now available.
The format is the familiar 96 pages, which contain 102 black and white
photos, and 14 pages of artwork. The authors are well known in the field
of World War I aviation research and their collaboration on a book such
as this is most welcome.
Whereas Part I covered the aces of Jastas that formed part of the four
Jagdgeschwadern, this book deals with those that formed non-permanent
groupings called Jagdgruppen. These units were usually created for
specific purposes and as such were only together for a limited period of
Each chapter covers a particular Army, its front and the Jagdgruppe
associated with it.
For example, the first section is devoted to the 4th and 6th armies.
They had Jagdgruppe Nr 6 and Nr 3 attached to them respectively and
operated in areas from the Belgian coast to Ypres and from Lille to
Douai in northwest France.
This is also where we find the colourful aircraft of the Marine-Feldjagdstaffeln.
They were based in Flanders where the 4th Army was operating.
Chapter 2 deals with the 17th, 2nd, and 18th Armies, their assigned
Jagdstaffeln were mostly fighting the RAF.
The third chapter sees the French and Americans getting involved;
fighting with units attached to the 7th, 1st, 5th, and 3rd Armies.
The narrative concludes with a chapter on the Kest (home defense) pilots
as they fight the RAF’s Independence Air force, which was tasked with
bombing operations in southwest Germany.
One of the highlights is the artwork of Harry Dempsey, who always seems
to do his best work when painting German subjects. His profiles are not
based on a generic D.VII airframe but faithfully portray the subject as
seen in a photo, when available.
The text is very easy to read with plenty of extracts from diaries and
“letters home” to give the reader a more personal feel. An interesting
selection of photos is provided with captions that compliment the text
rather than repeat it.
A set of plans for the Fokker D.VII can be found in the appendices and
these have been printed in 1/32nd scale.
One thing I would have found useful is a map showing the general areas
of operations of each of the Jagdgruppen.
Norman Franks and Greg VanWyngarden have done a sterling job in this
series. The Fokker D.VII was one of the best aircraft to have fought in
WWI and with this latest book the reader gets an excellent overview of
the aces that flew it.
Fokker D.VII Aces of World War 1
the Aces 63)
Norman Franks, Greg VanWyngarden
Illustrator: Harry Dempsey
US Price: $19.95
UK Price: £12.99
Publish Date: June 24, 2004
Details: 96 pages; ISBN:
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