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One of the most noteworthy German fighter pilots of World War I was Leutnant der Reserve Carl Degelow, whose squadron of mostly black Fokker D.VII fighters posed a formidable threat to some of Britain's most celebrated air units on the Western Front. Degelow had a unique approach to aerial combat which fascinated the author, Peter Kilduff, so much that in 1979 he wrote GerOne of the most noteworthy German fighter pilots of World War I was Leutnant der Reserve Carl Degelow, whose squadron of mostly black Fokker D.VII fighters posed a formidable threat to some of Britain's most celebrated air units on the Western Front. Degelow had a unique approach to aerial combat which fascinated the author, Peter Kilduff, so much that in 1979 he wrote Germany's Last Knight of the Air about his exploits, a book long out of print. During the intervening 30 years Kilduff has obtained new information and original photos, plus copies of significant German archival material and documentation which shed much new light on this legendary ace. Black Fokker Leader is a completely new work with unpublished material about Degelow and his comrades - how he was almost court-martialled; how his career was saved by Carl Josef Jacobs; how Degelow helped Willy Rosenstein escape from Nazi Germany, and much more. Plus new insights into men like Field Marshal Erhard Milch, Degelow's wing commander in WWI; and V-2 rocket chief General Hans Jeschonnek, a Degelow prote'ge' in 1918. Presented in the acclaimed author's objective, well-sourced manner, there will also be a wealth of British, French and Belgian documentation to counter-balance German claims. Many of Peter Kilduff's previous books have been published in the UK and US and translated worldwide....

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ISBN : 9781906502287
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Black Fokker Leader Reviews

  • John Gordon
    2018-10-14 02:12

    Carl Degelow was the last of the First World War aces to receive the coveted Pour le Merite. He commanded Jasta 40 (flying black Fokker DVII's) which gave the allies considerable difficulty in the final months of the war. The author took some 30 years to write this book and has conducted a vast amount of research. He carried on a lengthy correspondence with Carl Degelow until his death in 1970. The conversational style of the book makes this work a pleasure to read and the details are carefully cross referenced and discussed. My grandfather was in the air war in France 1918 and always spoke with respect regarding the Fokker DVII. In this book it seems Jasta 40 and RAF 62 Squadron crossed paths on at least one occasion. For his part Carl Degelow had respect in turn for the Brf2b Bristol Fighter. My ancestor is no doubt responsible for much of my interest in WW1 aviation, in any case this book has been a fascinating and refreshing revisit to those heady, terrible days.