Foreign Planes in the Service
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No airforce in the Second World War would make more use of captured planes than the Luftwaffe.
With this in mind, Jean-Louis Roba has undergone a considerable amount of work in tracking down hundreds of aircraft used by the Luftwaffe and illustrating their uses, careers and eventual fates.

The book examines the full history of foreign planes in the Luftwaffe, from its inception in the prewar years to the end of the Second World War. More than just an account of the Luftwaffe’s use of captured aircraft, the book debunks myths about how prepared the Germans were for war in 1939, and shows how important even such an unreliable source of supplies as captured planes would become to the Luftwaffe.

Translated into English for the first time, Roba’s investigative work is supported by over a hundred pictures of the planes themselves, and gives a rare opportunity to see British and American planes repainted in German colours and symbols.
Many thanks to Pen & Sword Aviation Books for the review copy;

An amazing collection of rare original Luftwaffe photographs of captured Allied aircraft in Luftwaffe service. Aircraft include a full range of Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, Italian, Soviet, RAF and USAAF aircraft.

RAF aircraft include; Dragon Rapide, Hurricane, Spitfire, Hampden, Wellington, Stirling and amazingly a Beaufighter and captured Mosquito.
USAAF aircraft include; B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator, B-26 Marauder, P-38 Lightning, P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang.

A great reference for aviation enthusiasts and model makers.
Highly recommended!
Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe
Book format and details:
Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe
Jean - Louis Roba
Hardback, 240 x 165mm, 223 pages
400+ photographs
All images © copyright Pen & Sword books, do not use without permission
Publ. date:
October 2009
Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe
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Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe
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