By Peter Antill
Osprey's research of Operation Mercury, the German airborne attack at the island of Crete in may perhaps 1941 in the course of global warfare II (1939-1945), which was once the 1st strategic use of airborne forces in background. The attack begun on 20 may possibly, with landings close to the island's key airports, and reinforcements day after today allowed the German forces to catch one finish of the runway at Maleme. by means of 24 could, the Germans have been being strengthened by means of air on a big scale and on 1 June Crete surrendered. This ebook describes how desperately shut the conflict were and explains how German losses so stunned the Führer that he by no means back authorized an immense airborne operation.
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This Staffel was one of three forming the "Geschwader\ with 2. Staffeln at Fiirth (main). 1. Staffel formed the Vorschule (Preliminary School), while 2. /JG 104 formed the Endschule (Advanced School). Training at the Vorschulelevel involved circuits and bumps, spot landings, turns, aerobatics, long-distance flying, navigation, diving, formation flying and some minimal awareness of battle formations and blind-flying. Students were expected to fly approximately 25 hours at the Vorschule on the same type of aircraft as used by the A/B schools.
Finally, each gunner should fire the guns at each station to familiarize himself with the other man's position and to insure knowledge of operation in the event of an emergency. 25 and in Cornwall, and by acquiring a handful of target-towing aircraft. Nevertheless, the m^^mmmm^^^^^^^^mmmmm^m RESTRICTED overall standard of air gunnery remained disappointing for the rest of the year. Even as late as November 1944, the Eighth Air Force conceded that "There appears to be a serious weakness in nose gunnery.
Operations information card 65. Flare box cover 10. Tailplane trim indicator 29. 30mm armor glass 11. Panel lighting dimmer 30. Windscreen spray pipes 12. Pilot's seat 31. 50mm armor glass 48. Fuel contents gauge 6?. Flare box cover release knob 13. Throttle friction knob 32. Revi 16B reflector gunsight 49. Propeller pitch indicator 68. Fuel pump circuit breaker 14. Control column 33. Padded coaming 50. Rear fuel tank switch-over 15. Bomb release button 34. Gunsight padded mounting 16. Rudder pedals 35.
Crete 1941: Germany's lightning airborne assault (Campaign, Volume 147) by Peter Antill