MESSERSCHMITT BF 109T : DIE JÄGER DER GRAF ZEPPELIN.

Marshall, Francis L.


£75.00




Privately Printed by the Author, reported to be a Limited Edition of 50 Copies Only (although it doesn't appear to state this in the book), Germany, (c. 2002). 324 + xxxv pp., numerous photo-ills., maps & plans + some cold., ills. D.j., 30 x 21cm. MINT. (Un-read). With a Signed Bookplate by Erich Ulmschneider , a BF109T Pilot in Jagdstaffel Helgoland in 1943. Privately Printed by the Author, reported to be a Limited Edition of Only 50 Copies, this is the definitive history of the Bf109T which was designed with folding wings to go aboard Germany's only aircraft carrier the ‘Graf Zeppelin'. As it happened, the ‘Graf Zeppelin' never went to sea and the aircraft were pressed into service defending Norwegian airspace. With a German text, the author describes in depth the design and construction of the airframe, the units and men who flew the ‘T' and he fully details the combats it was involved in. Illustrated with numerous photographs, maps and plans, as well as some coloured illustrations, this is a lavishly produced reference on an important subject. This particular volume has never before been read and indeed arrived into stock still in its cellophane wrappers which were only removed for the purpose of writing this description. The bookplate, Signed by Erich Ulmschneider, a Me109T pilot in Jagdstaffel Helgoland in 1943, arrived inside the wrappers and is ready with its adhesive backing for the book's first owner to stick in. The bookplate features two photographs of Erich Ulmschneider, one in 1942 and another, in colour, in 1989. Erich Ulmschneider volunteered to join the Luftwaffe at the age of eighteen on 14th October, 1940, and he went on to become one of the few pilots to fly the Me109T. His first combat with US B-17s was on 17th July in which he was hit by return fire and received glass splinters in his eye. He landed on Wangerooge. According to his own accounts, he received the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz and got 14 days recuperation. His next combat was on 26th July when he shot down a B17 over the sea, possibly 42-5895. He subsequently shot down a barrage balloon on 23rd August. In November he was transferred to Lister in south Norway. He returned to Jever in December, moving to the Stab II./JG 11 at this point and was shot down on 20th December by US fighters. He was wounded in the knee in March 1944 and convalesced until December 1944. He was then posted to the Ersatzgruppe in Quedlinburg, based at Nieder-Mendig. Next he was posted to the 2./NAG 1 until 8th May 1945 when he was interned by the British in Schleswig-Holstein. He returned to his home-town of Knittlingen on 1st August 1945. Privately Printed with the Signature of Erich Ulmschneider. Reported to be a Limited Edition of only 50 copies. SCARCE.


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