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Old 21st June 2020, 17:28
Col Bruggy Col Bruggy is online now
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New He 219 Book from Wingleader.


Coming soon from Air Research Publications:

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Old 21st June 2020, 23:00
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Re: New He 219 Book from Wingleader.

Very interesting, though I would like to know how much material there is on operations and combat missions.

The Heinkel He 219: An Illustrated History of the Third Reich’s Dedicated Home-Defence Nightfighter
(Air Research Publications - 6 July 2020)
by R Francis Ferguson
236 pages w/ 227 photos, 19 colour images, 47 diagrams and maps, 14 tables
hardback w/ dustjacket
£ 49.95

Now available for pre-order, publication date 6 July 2020
Distributed exclusively by Wing Leader.
sample pages at website

"This new book is the product of a lifetime interest in the subject - and extensive research spanning more than a decade. Writing started in 2012, shortly after the publication of the ‘He 219 Research Paper’ when a number of readers suggested that he should have written the definitive history of the type. At that time, however, Ron felt that he did not have sufficient depth of knowledge. The Research Paper was a “… first step in setting right the historical record” - a first step only.

However, publication of the Research Paper brought forth new photos, documents and information. This ultimately developed into this new work, which gives the reader a comprehensive and highly detailed study of the Heinkel He 219.

This is an academic limited edition from the specialist publisher Air Research intended for the serious Luftwaffe enthusiast and historians and will only be produced in limited numbers.

The He 219 was in many respects unique. It was the world’s first series-built aircraft to be fitted as standard with an ejection seat – and not just one seat, but two. It was also unique in that it was designed and built as a dedicated nightfighter for home-defence duties. This came at a time when the prevailing military mind-set was almost exclusively fixed on the offensive role of aircraft. And, because of this mind-set, the He 219 was plagued by uncertainties that affected production and development. The He 219 was also unique for its tricycle undercarriage which came at a time when tail-draggers were common. Sometimes likened to a praying mantis, the very look of the He 219 with its nose-mounted dipoles gave just a small hint of its fearsome reputation in the night air war over continental Europe. In May 1940 RAF Bomber Command took the decision to go over to the strategic night bombing of Germany. The later introduction of four-engined heavies, the Stirling, Halifax and Lancaster, into Bomber Command operations saw an increase in the frequency and intensity of bombing raids. The Heinkel He 219 with its heavy firepower was quickly rushed into frontline service but like so many weapons of the time it came too late, and in insufficient numbers, to change the course of the conflict."

About the author
"An Australian aviation historian, Ron has spent many years exploring aircraft of the Luftwaffe – and in particular the He219. An acknowledged expert in his subject, he has worked with many fellow historians around the world."


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Old 11th July 2020, 22:22
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Re: New He 219 Book from Wingleader.

I could not recommend this edition any stronger. It definitely is a "must have"!
All the best,

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Old 11th July 2020, 22:41
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Re: New He 219 Book from Wingleader.

.....and why is that Christer?

Exactly what is new vs what has been published before (both by this author) and others?

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Old 12th July 2020, 12:53
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Re: New He 219 Book from Wingleader.

Are there any first person accounts of pilots flying missions?or is it just a technical book about the aircraft itself??
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