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  • BOOK – SEPTEMBER EVENING: THE LIFE AND FINAL COMBAT OF THE GERMAN WORLD WAR ONE ACE WERNER VOSS BY BARRY DIGGENS

    SKU: 16-506

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    BOOK – SEPTEMBER EVENING: THE LIFE AND FINAL COMBAT OF THE GERMAN WORLD WAR ONE ACE WERNER VOSS BY BARRY DIGGENS Manfred von Richthofen is arguably the best-known WW I airman whether we are discussing German or Allied pilots. Two other German pilots who both served with Der Rote Baron, however, may well have been better pilots. Ernst Udet survived the war with sixty-two victories, while Werner Voss did not, with forty-eight victories. Von Richthofen was a supreme leader, his training and organizational skills are legendary. Yet at an airplane’s controls both Voss and Udet were sheer geniuses. One post-WW I story has it that while flying at an air show, Udet was able to snatch a handkerchief from the runway with his airplane’s wingtip. THAT takes control! The subject of this book, Werner Voss (1897-1917), started the war as a Hussar in 1914. He soon transferred to the Air Service. After training in two-seaters, he was assigned to Jasta 2 in November 1916, where he met Manfred von Richthofen. They were to remain friends until Voss’s 1917 death. By 6 April 1917, Voss had achieved twenty-four victories and was awarded the PLM. That summer, following a thirty-day leave, he did testing for the Fokker Triplane. He was also assigned as the Jasta 10’s commander on 30 July. It was one of JG 1’s (commanded by von Richthofen) four Jastas. While Manfred von Richthofen perished on 21 April 1918 in WW I’s most infamous air battle, Voss met his fate…

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