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The War Diary of Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert: JG 52 on the Russian Front 1943-45

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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. JG 52 Experten Walter Krupinski, Erich Hartmann, Gerhard Barkhorn and Heinz Ewald make their way ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1993 by Schiffer Publishing
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'Aussie Rick'
Apr 14, 2010 'Aussie Rick' rated it liked it
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This book, which was first published in English in 1993 by Schiffer, offers the reader a concise combat history of the German ace, Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert who flew mainly on the Russian Front. It's only 175 pages of narrative but has his combat records of flights/kills as an appendix.

Helmut Lipfert was credited with 203 victories in over 700 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
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Ari
Apr 21, 2014 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. "Then we went there and did that, and then we came back." All over and over again.

Anyway these men have been almost
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He is remembered by contemporaries as a consistent, professional pilot and leader. He withdrew often from squadron mates into long periods of contemplation.[1] Helmut Lipfert joined the Luftwaffe in 1941 and underwent fighter pilot training. Lipfert was posted to 6./Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52—52nd Fighter Wing), based on the Eastern Front, on 16 December 1942. His first kill was a Lavochkin La-5, a ...more
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