Ernst Obermaier’s books “Die Ritterkreuzträger der Jagdflieger” and “Die Ritterkreuzträger der Stuka and Schlachtflieger” were first printed in the 1960s and 70s. Later revised, these titles are still considered standard works on the subject. Obermaier planned a third volume, which was to have dealt with Knight’s Cross winners from the bomber arm. Work on the book had begun, but was far from complete, when Ernst Obermaier died unexpectedly in 1997.
Jochen Kaiser took over Obermaier’s files and, together with a number of German aviation historians, continued work on the project. After more than 10 years of research, he has now completed Volume I of “Die Ritterkreuzträger der Kampfflieger”. In its 264 pages the author describes the military careers, special missions and fates of five winners of the Swords, 26 winners of the Oak Leaves and 191 Knight’s Cross winners, whose names begin with the letters A through K. The book is illustrated with a portrait photo and three or four other photos each winner of the Swords and the Oak Leaves, and two photos of each winner of the Knight’s Cross, a portrait photo and another photo depicting a milestone event, an aircraft or a mission tally on the tail of an aircraft. Volume I thus contains more than 500 photos, some of them in colour.
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Die Ritterkreuzträgerder Kampfflieger Volume 1 (Knights Cross Holders of the Bombers) (English and German Text)
67 years after the end of the WW2, this work by Jochen Kaiser fills a gap in the history of the Luftwaffe. These books will make it possible to finally identify many of the bomber crewmen who won the Knight’s Cross. The books will also document the military careers of these men for posterity, factually and without glorification or political bias. They thus represent a special reference work of contemporary history. (dual language, English and German).
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