By Robert Forsyth
Through the outbreak of worldwide battle 2, the Luftwaffe had obtained powerful tactical battlefield adventure from its involvement within the Spanish Civil conflict in 1936-1939, established round the operations performed by way of the Legion Condor, a strength of a few 19,000 'volunteer' German airmen, employees, technicians and groundcrew shaped into fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, Flak, climate and indications parts. during this new e-book, writer Robert Forsyth, popular professional on international battle 2 German aviation, information the advance of either the applied sciences and the pilots of this German air strength, with full-color illustrations, plates and information of colour schemes used in the Legion Condor. From the He fifty one to the Messerschmitt, from flying in shut wing-to-wing formations to the looser, wider formations universal to the Luftwaffe in the course of international warfare 2, this booklet is a must have for any German aviation historian or modeler.
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Summing up the air battles around the Spanish capital, Harro Harder wrote; ‘We were all convinced that it was madness to continue sending the He 51s on escort missions over Madrid. The Ratas played cat and mouse with us. Even the “Martin” (SB) bombers were at least 50 km/h faster than us. The morale of the pilots was excellent, but all the guts in the world were useless with such technical inferiority. So once again we were to be employed in low-level attacks. ’ 50 A row of four He 51Bs of J/88 photographed in 1937 following the application of a camouflage pattern in place of the previously plain finish.
Fitted with 10 kg bombs, their I-15s, supported by formations of Russian-flown Polikarpov R-5 biplane reconnaissance-bombers carrying 50 kg bombs, attacked enemy columns ceaselessly. 32 escorts, forced to adopt more cautious measures to ensure their own survival, would turn for home. On 9 February, two He 51s were downed in flames during combat with Republican fighters, and on the 14th Heinkels failed to protect Ju 52/3ms heading to Arganda to bomb enemy troop concentrations because of an attack by Soviet fighters.
J/88 comprising Hauptmann Lothar von Janson and Feldwebel Franz Heilmayer, shot down one of four I-15s encountered at 1715 hrs northwest of Ochandiano for his own first victory. The enemy pilot bailed out and landed in Nationalist territory – ‘an 18-year-old raw beginner on an overland ferry flight’ recorded Lützow. Indeed, by now the Republican fighter force in the area had suffered such devastating losses in aircraft, many of which were caused by bombing and strafing attacks on their airfields, that replacement machines were having to be flown in.