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Hungarian Aces of World War 2
Category: Historical Books
Genre: Book - Reference - Military, Book - Reference - Historical
Product Line: Aircraft of the Aces - World War II - Axis
Author: Gyorgy Punka
Publish Date: 2002
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 7.25x9.75x.375"
In Print: Yes
Condition: MINT/New    
NKG part # Mfg. part # Type Condition
2147538297 OSPACE050 ACE50 Softcover MINT/New

Like Germany, Hungary was forbidden from having an air force following the defeat of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War 1. However, again like Germany, the new state of Hungary created an air arm in secret during the 1930s. Hungarian fighter pilots first saw action against their Slovakian neighbors in early 1939, following the annexation of Czechoslovakia by Germany. In June 1941, Hungarian armed forces joined the Germany in the invasion of Russia, and pilots from the I/I Fighter Group saw continuous action into 1942. Flying CR.42s, Re.2000s and Bf 109Es, pilots scored a modest number of kills. However, when the Bf 109G-equipped Hungarian 101 ŒPuma1 Fighter Regiment was committed to action over Kharkov in April 1943, numerous aces started to rapidly build their scores. One year later the unit returned home in order to defend Hungarian cities from American heavy bombers, and pilots such as Dezsö Szentgyörgyi and György Debrödy scored the bulk of their kills in desperate battles against American fighters and bombers. Unlike most of Germany1s Eastern European allies, Hungary did not capitulate during the Russian advances of 1944, and its fighter pilots fought on until May 1945.

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