Croatian Aces of World War 2
Initially flying Italian-supplied Fiat G.50s, the Croat forces suffered heavy losses during 1942 whilst flying alongside JG 52 in the southern sector of the Russian front. Despite this, a significant number of kills fell to future aces such as Cvitan Galic and Mato Dubovak during this time, and when the units re-equipped with Bf 109G-10s in 1943, battle-seasoned Croat pilots started to rack up impressive scores. This book reveals how, by 1944, Croat air groups were defending Yugoslavia from British and American air raids, and in the final months of the war a handful of surviving pilots fought on until final defeat in May 1945.
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ACES OF WORLD Air Force Airacobra aircraft airfield Albin Starc April attacked August Avdic Bartulovic Black bombers Borongaj Boskic claimed confirmed crash-landed crashed Croat Croat pilots Croatian Air Cvitan Galic damaged days later destroyed Dragutin Eastern Front escorting Eskadrila Feldwebel fighter pilot flew flown flying Franjo Dzal Freie Jagd Galic Gazapi German Gustavs Hauptmann Ivan joined the ZNDH Josip Helebrant July Kertch klase Kranjc Kres LaGG LaGG-3s Lasta Leutnant Ljudevit Bencetic Lucko Luftwaffe Mariupol Martinko Mato Culinovic Mato Dukovac Mihelcic Mostar narednik Novak November NOVJ Novorossiysk Oberfahnrich Oberfeldwebel Oberleutnant Oberstleutnant October Ostric porucnik Rata returned to Croatia score September shot sorties Soviet fighters Spitfire Squadron Stabsfeldwebel Staffel Stjepan Martinasevic Stjepan Radic Stormovik Tomislav Kauzlaric Tuapse unconfirmed kills unconfirmed victories unit unit's Unteroffizier Ustasa Veca Mikovic Vladimir Ferencina VVKJ whilst Wk-Nr Yugoslav Yugoslavia Zagreb Zemun Zlatko Stipcic ZNDH Zrakoplovna