Produced in the same style as the Jagdwaffe series (which concentrated on German day fighters), this is the first of a two-part history of the German Nachtjager the nightfighter force in World War II. The Luftwaffe used many aircraft in the night fighter role, primarily to combat RAF Bomber Commanders nocturnal heavy bombing raids against German targets from 1940-41 onwards, and a cat-and-mouse development of aircraft enhancement, weapons, guidance systems, and radar took place. The book contains a wide variety of aircraft. This volume, concentrates on the single-seat Me109 fighter adapted as a night fighter, early versions of the Me110 and the Ju88. The text is accompanied by a wide range of photographs many published for the first time together with color profiles, biographies of top night fighter aces such as Falck, Schnaufer, Lent, Jabs and others. Furthermore, the book includes pilot accounts and details of the Schr+±ge Musik upward-firing, FuG202 Lichtenstein and SN-2 radar sets, etc. With the great importance attached by the Royal Air Force to its nocturnal bombing raids, the importance to the defense of Germany of the night fighters squadrons cannot be overstated. This volume and its companion will provide the modeler and historian with a detailed examination of the Nachtjager forces deployed by the Luftwaffe during the war and will be required reading for all interested in the subject of the nightly battles over the skies of the Reich during World War II.
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In recent years David Williams has traveled extensively around Germany and Austria to interview former Luftwaffe pilots and their families in the course of his research into German fighter operations during World War II. He has gathered a substantial collection of documentation and photographs. He is the author of Hunters of the Reich: Day Fighters (pub 2002) for which he worked closely with five leading German fighter pilots, and a similar biographical study, Hunters of the Reich: Night Fighters (pub 2003). He is married and lives in the west of England.
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