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Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2017 10:57 p.m. PST

I'm interested in the course of the air war during the Western Desert campaign (esp. during the Rommel interlude).

I've been reading a Kindle copy of []The Desert Air War, and it's a good read but a bit short of orderly details.

I'd really like to know which squadrons were where, what planes they flew, and when. Can anyone recommend sources that would help?

- Ix

22ndFoot20 Sep 2017 6:45 a.m. PST

This wikipedia page seems thorough and has quite an extensive bibliography:


Have you tried Nafziger?


daveshoe21 Sep 2017 5:18 p.m. PST

I would suggest looking for Christopher Shores books on the History of the Mediterranean Air War 1940 – 45 (so far only Volume 1, 2, and 3 are out, but you'll probably only want 1 and/or 2). You can see them at the Grub Street Publishing website ( Those books are basically day-to-day actions in North Africa. I'm not sure if they have done electronic versions, but the printed ones are great.

Alternately, you could look for a copy of Shores' earlier book on the subject called "Fighters over the Desert"

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP22 Sep 2017 12:46 p.m. PST


The Shores' books are available from Amazon, but ZOMG the prices!!! I may buy volume 2 after my finances recover from this year's travels. Meanwhile, I'm keeping my eyes peeled for used copies.

The Wikipedia article on the Desert Air War (together with the article on Jagdgeschwader 27 give me a good general outline, so that's a good start.

- Ix

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