Foreign Planes in the Service of the Luftwaffe

Published on
April 19, 2021
Review Author(s)
Book Author(s)
Jean-Louis Roba
Other Publication Information
223 pages, 100+ B&W photos
Company: Pen & Sword - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate UK - Website: Visit Site

This book covers the many captured foreign aircraft that were put into service and tested by the Luftwaffe. The book has twelve chapters.

Chapter one has many pictures of aircraft taken from Czechoslovakia and absorbed from Austria. Many Fiat, Avia, Letov are featured in the accompanying photos.

. Chapter two has great photo coverage of planes from Poland, Norway, the Netherlands. Many of these were put into Luftwaffe service especially in the training role.

Chapter three covers the aircraft taken with the fall of France. These included all types of home manufactured aircraft such as Bloch, Dewoitine, LeO and Morane as well as American made aircraft used by the French such as Hawk 75 (P-36) and North American models 57 and 64 trainers. Also included are the many British aircraft, both those serving with the French as well those left behind by the British when forced to retreat.

Chapter four continues the influx of British aircraft as the fighting with Britain continues as aircraft that were forced down or crashed were collected for repair and research. By mid-1940 to mid-1941 many of the major frontline British types were being test flown after repairs. Spitfires, Hurricanes, and Wellingtons were just a few of the examples tested at Rechlin.

Chapter five covers the aircraft taken from Yugoslavia, Greece and the USSR. Some of the more modern aircraft were taken over by the Luftwaffe or given to the new Croat AF but many were scrapped.

Chapters six and seven cover further British aircraft acquired and those used in Vichy France along the Mediterranean. In addition, when the Allies invaded North Africa, the Germans moved into Southern France and commandeered almost 1900 Vichy AF aircraft even though a number escaped to Morocco, Algiers and Tunisia.

Chapter eight covers the first American aircraft to fall into German hands. The first B-17 on 12 December 1942. Several others are shown although many of those like a P-39 in North Africa probably were not able to be flown back across the Med.

Chapter nine covers when Italy surrendered to the Allies. The Italian AF aircraft in those areas controlled by the Germans were immediately impressed into service with the Luftwaffe or used by the Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana.

Chapters ten and eleven cover from Normandy through the end of the war in Europe. Many US types and the remains of other captured aircraft are shown.

Chapter twelve is the conclusion where it is all brought together. Again, photos of aircraft from all those who fought the Reich are shown.

This is a great photo book supplemented with brief but informative text. All photos except the cover are in B&W but the modeler will find many interesting markings to give them inspiration. The treasure of this book are the many photos. I can recommend this to anyone with an interest in WWII, WWII aviation as well as the modeler, all will find something of interest within the covers. The author is to be commended for what I am sure was a long and difficult period of research to find this information and all these photos. My thanks to Casemate for the review sample and to IPMS for the opportunity!


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