Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot

Defending the Reich Against the RAF and USAAF

Wolfgang Fischer, John Weal

Date Published :
July 2022
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Illustration :
b/w photo section
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911667292
Pages : 216
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock


Within weeks of war being declared, Wolfgang Fischer had volunteered to join the Luftwaffe and spent nearly five of the succeeding six years of hostilities in uniform. During this time he was given a succession of postings varying from a long-range recce unit; as a decoder in a met office in occupied France; to a bomber squadron; and as a flying instructor, before joining a squadron of the famous Richthofen Geschwader in Italy, from where he was shot down in his FW 190 by Mustangs en route to Normandy.

By now a Lieutenant, he survived to fly offensive rocket attacks over Gold Beach on D-Day, only to be shot down again on D + 1, and captured and sent first to a hospital in the UK, then into captivity in the USA. He was finally repatriated in April 1946. His description of all these events is entertaining and well-written, ranging from comic to tragic. It is unique in flavor, giving a valuable insight into the undeniably typical lot of those serving in the air arm of the Third Reich. Expertly translated and edited by John Weal, this is a worthy accompaniment to Norbert Hannig’s Luftwaffe Fighter Ace published by Grub Street in 2004.

About The Author

Wolfgang Fischer (11 December 1888 – 1 February 1943) was a German career military officer and panzer commander in World War II


“Entertaining and well-written, giving a valuable insight to the air arm of the Third Reich.”

- World War II – Re-enactors Magazine

“Fischer’s description of events ranges from the comic to the tragic.”

- Military Times

“This is especially well-written and translated.”

- Catholic Herald

"...well worth a second round of publication."

- Flypast

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