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History of the 135th Aero Squadron
| Total Clicks: 1400 | Report Broken Link |
The "Statue of Libery" Observation Squadron in World War I
by Percival Gray Hart
Hardcover: 210 pages
Publisher: Battery Press Inc. (November, 1990)
Language: English
ISBN: 0898391563
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A History of the 17th Aero Squadron
| Total Clicks: 784 | Report Broken Link |
by Fredrick M. Clapp
Hardcover: 171 pages
Publisher: Battery Press Inc. (January, 1990)
Language: English
ISBN: 0898391407
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The History of the Fiftieth Aero Squadron
| Total Clicks: 757 | Report Broken Link |
by Daniel P. Morse
Hardcover: 110 pages
Publisher: Battery Press Inc. (June, 1990)
Language: English
ISBN: 0898391512
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History of the Twentieth Aero Squadron
| Total Clicks: 866 | Report Broken Link |
The "Mad Bolshevik" Squadron of the First Day Bombardment Group
by Clarence G. Barth
Hardcover: 116 pages
Publisher: Battery Press Inc. (October, 1990)
Language: English
ISBN: 0898391539
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Hunting With Richthofen
| Total Clicks: 1295 | Report Broken Link |
The Bodenschatz Diaries: Sixteen Months of Battle With J.G. Freiherr Von Richthofen
by Jan Hayzlett
Hardcover: 240 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.75 x 6.50
Publisher: Grub Street the Basement; (June 1996)
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Jagdgeschwader Nr II Geschwader 'Berthold'
| Total Clicks: 1339 | Report Broken Link |
(Aviation Elite Units 19)
by Greg Van Wyngarden
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (UK) (February 10, 2005)
ISBN: 1841767271

After struggling with inadequate supplies of aircraft and matériel, the veteran pilots of the Geschwader would go on to enjoy incredible successes against French and American opponents in September 1918. Aces who flew the famous blue-fuselaged Fokkers of JG II included such stalwarts as Josef Veltjens (35 kills), Georg von Hantelmann (25 kills), Franz Büchner (40 kills) and Ulrich Neckel (30 kills). This volume contains many first-hand accounts by these and other notable aces, which reveal the esprit de corps and camaraderie these airmen displayed in their struggles against superior numbers up to the war's final grim days.
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Jagdstaffel 2 Boelcke
| Total Clicks: 1421 | Report Broken Link |
(Aviation Elite Units 16)
by Greg Vanwyngarden
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (November 20, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1846032032
ISBN-13: 978-1846032035
Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches

By August 1916, the German Air Service was fighting a losing struggle in the skies over the Battle of the Somme. Royal Flying Corps aircraft reigned almost supreme over the battlefront, and the vaunted Fokker monoplanes had been hounded from the air. In response, an entirely new type of fighting formation came into being - the Jagdstaffel, which was a unit designed solely as a fighting squadron. One of the first, and undoubtedly the most famous, was Jasta 2, formed and led by Germany's premiere fighter ace Oswald Boelcke. Renamed Jasta "Boelcke" by Imperial Decree, the unit would carry its first commander's legacy to spectacular success in late 1918.

This title examines the tactics, personalities and achievements of this ace squadron which finished the war with a record of 336 victories, second only to Richthofen's own unit in confirmed kills.
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Jasta 18 - The Red Noses
| Total Clicks: 1009 | Report Broken Link |
Jasta 18 - The Red Noses
by Greg Vanwyngarden
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing (March 22, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1849083355
ISBN-13: 978-1849083355
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces

The history of Royal Prussian Jagdstaffel (or Jasta) 18 is one of the more unique and complex of German fighter squadrons of World War I. In fact, the unit could be said to have had something of a split personality. Formed in Flanders at the end of October 1916, the Jasta was first commanded by Oblt von Grieffenhagen, who led it to 35 victories in nine months. In August 1917, the aggressive and demanding Oblt Rudolf Berthold took over the Staffel and brought a cadre of seasoned pilots with him from his former command. Berthold molded his new unit into a dedicated group of hunters, and left his stamp on the unit with a striking color scheme of red-nosed Pfalz and Albatros fighters with dark blue fuselage and tail surfaces. This book tells the complete story of the unit: its victories, defeats, and the great aces who flew the red-nosed fighters.
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Jasta Boelcke
| Total Clicks: 1735 | Report Broken Link |
The History of Jasta 2, 1916-1918
by Norman Franks
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Grub Street (June 2004)
Language: English
ISBN: 1904010768

As August drew to a close in 1916, the German Air Service was reeling almost helplessly towards inevitable defeat on the Somme. The Artillery and Feldflieger Abteilungen, the Kampfstaffeln, had been quickly reduced to relative impotency by the overwhelming quantitative and qualitative superiority of the Allies. The once feared Fokker and Pfalz Eindeckers proved unequal to the task of checking the aerial flood which daily scoured the ravaged German front. A crisis was reached. Germany was compelled to seek a new solution. Jagdstaffel 2 was formed to stem the tide and fight back. Later by Imperial decree renamed Jasta Boelcke in honour of its distinguished commander Oswald Boelcke, this military formation had no prolonged, entangled gestation period. There was no parent, no prior stirrings of life. Jasta 2 was lifted from the keyboard of a typewriter, assigned to the First Army and provided with a leader. Between 2 September and 31 December 1916 it scored 85 kills, and was destined to end the war with 336 confirmed victories. Here, for the first time, is the story of that auspicious and audacious unit, told in his inimitable style by Norman Franks, an expert in his subject.
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The Lafayette Escadrille
| Total Clicks: 1644 | Report Broken Link |
(Men at War Series)
by Herbert Molloy Mason Jr.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Smithmark Publishers (March, 1995)
Language: English
ISBN: 0831757124
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