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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. David Johnston Translator. Aerial combat over the Russian front from one who knew it first hand. Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert's vivid portrayal of his experiences in JG 52 during the last three years of the Second World War will stand as one of the truly classic chronicles of the Jagdwaffe over Russia.
This book is a rare view into the air war over Russia, when Luftwaffe pilots accumulated incredible kill tallies while facing overwhelming odds against them in mass assaults. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published January 7th by Schiffer Publishing first published March More Details Original Title.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Jul 29, TheHenry Blank rated it it was amazing. This is my favorite account of fighter pilot operations.
It is chockfull of aerial combats described in such a manner that one can understant and apply these tactics using combat flight simulators such as the IL2 Sturmovik series.
It is amazing to read about him escaping situations which should have been fatal 95 out of times, not once but on mulitple occasions.
A true knight of the sk This is my favorite account of fighter pilot operations. A true knight of the sky, Lipfert was quite aware that he was defying the odds, but continued to fly aggressively nonetheless, the strain probably resulting in a drinking problem.
It is amusing to see the photos of him chatting with fellow JG52 Hauptmann Erich Hartmann, Lipfert looking sloshed at the time while Hartmann appears bemused. Lipfert avoids details of his personal life and refrains from expressing strong emotions in his account. At the book's conclusion I just shook my head over all that he had been through. I imagine Lipfert did the same when he wrote it.
Mar 25, 'Aussie Rick' rated it liked it Shelves: aviation , ww2. This book, which was first published in English in by Schiffer, offers the reader a concise combat history of the German ace, Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert who flew mainly on the Russian Front.
Helmut Lipfert was credited with victories in over missions, all on the Russian Front but which also included a few American aircraft including a Mustang, Liberator and a Flying Fortress. Overall its an int This book, which was first published in English in by Schiffer, offers the reader a concise combat history of the German ace, Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert who flew mainly on the Russian Front.
Overall its an interesting, if somewhat short read but I found that I had a few issues with editing. It appeared that whole words were missed in the translation and or some wrong words used.
One thing I found out was the pilot must have served with the 1st Panzer Division prior to going to flight school but his story only really started when he was posted to the Eastern Front as a pilot. I would have liked to read something about his early army career. Apr 12, Ari rated it it was ok. A slight shell shock eventually. I did not get very much kick out of this one. I have read several books written by WWII fighter and bomber pilots.
They are an interesting piece of history but often they tend to be quite alike. As the authors are not usually writers by the grace of God the stories are really more like diaries describing the events simply and almost list like manner. Anyway these men have been almost A slight shell shock eventually.
Anyway these men have been almost incredible persons; a combination of skill, endurance and luck which produced unbelievable numbers when it came to enemy planes shot down.
In Lipfert's case over two hundred! And Erich "Bubi" Hartmann shot down enemy planes during over missions. But as said, one should not read these books in a row. One every now and then is better method There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Helmut Lipfert.
Helmut Lipfert. He is remembered by contemporaries as a consistent, professional pilot and leader. He withdrew often from squadron mates into long periods of contemplation. Lipfert was posted to 6. His first kill was a Lavochkin La-5, a He is remembered by contemporaries as a consistent, professional pilot and leader. In September , Lipfert assumed command of 6. On 8 October, he shot down five Russian aircraft kills 30 to Four more are shot down on 5 December and his score raises to By the end of his victories total had reached On 5 April his 90th air victory had won him the Knight's Cross Ritterkreuz.
There, the Luftwaffe Gruppen were subjected to near-constant Soviet bombing raids, and Lipfert's 6. Hauptmann Lipfert was appointed Gruppenkommandeur of I. The following day he was awarded the Eichenlaub Nr for his victories. After the dissolution of I. He claimed 27 unconfirmed victories.
After the end of the war he was not turned over to the Soviet forces unlike Erich Hartmann. After the war, he became a school teacher, and was seldom seen by his war comrades.
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The War Diary of Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert: JG 52 on the Russian Front 1943-45
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The War Diary of Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert: JG 52 On the Russian Front • 1943-1945
Lipfert ranks as the world's thirteenth fighter ace. All his victories were claimed over the Eastern Front and included a P Mustang , 41 Yakovlev Yak-1 , 41 Yakovlev Yak-9 fighters, two four-engine bombers and 39 Ilyushin Il-2 ground-attack aircraft. He was shot down fifteen times, without being injured. Following the compulsory labour service Reichsarbeitsdienst , Lipfert joined the military service with Nachrichten-Abteilung 37 37th Signals Battalion , a unit of 1st Panzer Division on 3 November Lipfert, who held the rank of Unteroffizier sergeant , participated in the Invasion of Poland and in the Battle of France as a member of the 1st Panzer Division. In early , he transferred to the Luftwaffe where he trained as a fighter pilot.