Using rare first-hand accounts from Me 262 pilots, Robert Forsyth examines what it was like to fly the world's most advanced interceptor in the deadly skies over Germany in 1944–45.

Right from its operational debut in the summer of 1944, the Me 262 outclassed anything the Allies had in terms of speed and firepower ratio, offering a formidable punch with four 30 mm Mk 108 nose-mounted cannon, and a Jumo 004 jet engine.

The problem the Luftwaffe faced, however, was one of numbers. Towards the end of the war, availability of machines and trained pilots was scarce, and it is only thanks to the exploits of a handful of veteran Jagdwaffe aces such as Adolf Galland, Walter Krupinski and Johannes Steinhoff, that the aircraft made a significant impact on the air war and was the source of considerable concern to the Allies.

Filled with specially commissioned artwork including action-packed ribbon diagrams, battlescenes, armament views and maps, Robert Forsyth offers the definitive technical and historical guide to the state-of-the-art Me 262, using rare photographs and pilots' first-hand accounts.

Table of Contents

(Subject to Confirmation)
Chapter 1
In Battle
An all-action account from the cockpit of an Me 262 assigned to Jagdgeschwader 7.

Chapter 2
Setting the Scene
Design, development and production of the Me 262.

Chapter 3
Path to Combat
Charting the training and careers of two Luftwaffe pilots who flew the Me 262 in combat.

Chapter 4
Weapon of war
A brief technical appraisal of the Me 262.

Chapter 5
Art of War
This chapter analyses the evolution of the three-aircraft Kette formation used by JV 44 and variations used by JG 7, as well as differences in attack tactics.

Chapter 6
This chapter contains first-hand narratives from Me 262 pilots (both aces and lesser known Jagdflieger).

Listing of Me 262 aces and performance data


Product details

Published Jan 17 2023
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472850515
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Colour artwork plates and maps; black & white and colour photographs and illustrations.
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Dogfight
Short code DOG 6
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Robert Forsyth

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Gareth Hector

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Jim Laurier

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