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Start's Luftwaffe im Focus is one of those periodicals that once you start reading it, you want more. Edition #29 arrived recently and like all the others I have read, is well worth the wait.
What makes LiF so special is the number of well chosen, clear images that have never been published before. Much of these come from private collections and family members of those who took the images. They are not your usual photos as they frequently show types that don't get a lot of coverage, but the research that goes into each story is exemplary.
A good example of that is the research that went into the operational use of the Ta-152 with JG 301. It turns out that some of what we thought we knew was not factual. By comparing personal commentary from pilots, unit logs and pilot log books, we get a much clearer picture of not only how well the aircraft did, but that pilot memory is often at odds with unit records or even their own logbooks. It makes for excellent reading.
Having said that, the entire issue concentrates on the last year of the war. There are articles on personal achievements, the F-5E Lightning turned over to the Luftwaffe by a USAAF defector, Mistel color photos, the use of two seat 109Gs for battle field reconnaissance and more.
Like the other 28 editions, this one is worth picking up and adding to your library.
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