Bf 109 Jabo Units in the West (Combat Aircraft #149) (Paperback)

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Bf 109 Jabo Units in the West (Combat Aircraft #149) By Malcolm V. Lowe, Jim Laurier (Illustrator), Gareth Hector (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Malcolm V. Lowe, Jim Laurier (Illustrator), Gareth Hector (Illustrator)


Using specially commissioned artwork and detailing technical specifications, this book explores the Bf 109's different roles occasioned by wartime necessity, from its employment as a fighter to its evolution as a fighter-bomber.

One of the principal types in the Luftwaffe's inventory at the beginning of World War II, the piston-engined Bf 109 was central to the many initial victories that the Germans achieved before coming up against the unbeatable RAF during the Battle of Britain. Nevertheless, by the second half of 1940 the Bf 109's operability was widened due to operational needs and it was flown as a fighter-bomber for precision attacks in Southern England. At first ad hoc conversions were made 'in the field' to allow the aircraft to carry a bomb or extra fuel tank. Such modifications were soon formalised by Messerschmitt, which created the Jabo Bf 109s.

Drawing from pilots' first-hand accounts, author Malcolm V. Lowe explores the number of specialised units, including Lehrgeschwader 2 and dedicated fighter-bomber sections of standard fighter units such as 10. Staffel of Jagdgeschwader 26, which flew this highly specialised fighter-bomber. Including technical specifications, rare photographs and outstanding artwork, this book explores the Jabo versions of the Bf 109E, F and G both on the production line and with the addition of Rüstsätze field conversion kits.

About the Author

Malcolm V Lowe is a professional writer and historian who has studied the 1939–45 air war over northwest Europe for many years, specialising in Luftwaffe, RAF and USAAF air operations. He has amassed a substantial collection of original wartime material and photographs as a result of painstaking research, interviews and meetings with veterans or their families. Malcolm has written more than 20 books that have been critically acclaimed for their research and thorough coverage. His previous book for Osprey was Osprey Production Line to Frontline 5 – Fw 190.

The illustrators for this volume are Gareth Hector (cover) and Jim Laurier (profiles).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472854452
ISBN-10: 1472854454
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Combat Aircraft