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By Jerry Scutts

Absolutely outnumbered all through their brief two-year sojourn within the Western desolate tract, the crack fighter pilots of the handful of Jagdgeschwader in-theatre fought an efficient crusade in help of Rommel’s Afrika Korps opposed to the British and American forces. depending virtually completely at the Luftwaffe’s staple fighter of worldwide conflict 2, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the battle-hardened aces used the aircraft’s better functionality to accomplish tremendous rankings opposed to the Allies. equally, as soon as driven out of North Africa, those devices persisted to take the struggle to the RAF and USAAF from makeshift bases in northern Italy.

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