Renowned aviation author and artist, John Weal, presents the last volume of Fw 190 Aces not previously covered in the Aircraft of the Aces series. From mid-1942 until the end of the war, German fighter pilots were deployed in the defence of the homeland in an effort to halt the near-constant bombing raids by Britain and America. This book tells their story, from the moment when the Luftwaffe began to retreat to the dying days of the Reich. Using previously unpublished photographs, this book charts the story of the men who earned their status as aces while fighting a hopeless battle to protect the land and the people they loved.
John Weal is Osprey's primary Luftwaffe author and artist. He possesses one of the largest private collections of original German-language literature from World War 2 and his research is based on this huge archive. Fluent in German, Weal has spent much time establishing contact with ex-members of the Luftwaffe, from General Staff Officers of the RLM to frontline aircrew. A freelance airbrush artist since the days of the monthly RAF Flying Review, he has illustrated some of the finest Luftwaffe profiles to date.
Chapter 1 - 1942 - Early RAF/USAAF Daylight Raids/Chapter 2 - 1943 - The War of Attrition/Chapter 3 - 1944 - Bloodletting over the Reich/Chapter 4 - 1945 - The War is Lost/Appendices A) Defence of the Reich Fw 190 Aces B) Awards presented to Defence of the Reich Aces C) Orders of Battle D) Colour Plates Commentary