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Who was Luftwaffe ace Roloff Von Aspern?

Many airmen paid the ultimate price in World War Two and some – especially from the German side – appear to have been forgotten. Chris Goss sheds light on a Luftwaffe ace who was killed in action and whose body was never found

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1./JG 53 – The Luftwaffe’s ‘Ace of Spades’

Nine Messerschmitt Bf 109E-equipped Jagdgeschwaders would take part in the Battle of Britain, each of which was made up of nine staffels. Chris Goss relates the story of one of these – 1 Staffel/Jagdgeschwader 53...

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US State Department approves German F-35A purchase

In a further step towards Germany’s purchase of the F-35A, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on July 28 that US State Department approval had been granted for the proposed Foreign Military Sale to the German government of F-35 aircraft, munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $8.4bn.

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Luftwaffe vs Mighty Eighth: The battle to stop US bombers

Robert Forsyth details how the Luftwaffe attempted to defend the Third Reich against the mass daylight formations of US heavy bombers

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Why did Germany launch the Blitz?

Think of the Blitz, and the Luftwaffe’s heavy, sustained bombardment of British cities and industrial objectives that began in September 1940 springs to mind first. But that was just part of Germany’s series of bombing offensives against the British Isles, right up to the V1 and V2 campaigns. What were the strategic objectives underpinning them, and how effective did they prove?

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Germany to buy F-35A stealth fighters in astonishing switch

Germany’s astonishing about-face in defence matters has continued, just weeks after pumping €100bn into the country’s defence budget, with the announced intention to acquire the US-manufactured F-35A fifth generation stealth fighter

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Luftwaffe fighter ace Rudolf Müller

Of all the Luftwaffe fighter pilots who fought in the Arctic theatre until the spring of 1943, none achieved as many aerial successes as Rudolf Müller. However, his war came to a premature end

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A wolf in sheep’s clothing: Heinkel He 111’s first flight

On 24th February 1935, the Heinkel He 111 made its first flight. Key Aero takes a look at the design process and its first flight

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The life of Albrecht Johann Bellstedt

Many Luftwaffe pilots flew Junkers Ju 88 bombers in World War Two. Chris Goss recounts the career of one who flew the type as a long range fighter with great success, and some controversy

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The design and evolution of the Junkers Ju 88

The design and evolution of one of Germany’s most versatile World War Two bombers is examined by Chris Goss