Forgotten Heroes

Aces of the Royal Hungarian Air Force in the Second World War

Csaba B. Stenge

Detailed account of Hungarian air aces during the Second World War drawn from much unpublished material.
Publication date:
April 2019
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Illustration :
335 b/w photos/ills, 14 colour photos, 50 tables
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ISBN : 9781911512684

Dimensions : 245 X 170 mm
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• The first time Hungarian aces have been covered in this depth, and from such an array of unpublished and private materials
• Includes a huge number of previously unpublished photographs, besides colour profiles of great interest to modellers
• Contains many info and photos of American and Soviet and also German aces and pilots (American and Soviet victors and victims of the Hungarian aces and German aces, who flew joint missions and claimed jointly with the Hungarians, including Erich Hartmann, the top ace of the war and aviation history)

Prior to the beginning of the Second World War, the Royal Hungarian Armed Forces - including the Air Force - prepared to engage the Little Entente forces; however, after a short skirmish prior to the war with the Slovaks, during the war, their opponents became the Soviet and American aviators. The Hungarian aces fought gallantly against such heavy odds and, after the war's end, the new Hungarian communist regime turned against them as well; this book is the unique story of the 38 Hungarian air aces of the Second World War. The overwhelming majority of the related materials have been lost or destroyed, so the author has demonstrated truly Herculean efforts during his 23-year-long extensive research to write this monumental work. The book is based mostly on previously unpublished primary sources from Hungarian, German, Russian and American Archives, and also on the preserved documents of the aces and their families. The text is not limited to the highly detailed biographies of the 38 Hungarian aces; it also covers some important and related aspects such as air victory confirmation systems, air combat tactics and obtained awards. Besides this, the book contains more than 350 rare images - many of them are previously unpublished - and a selection of superb colour profiles, which show camouflage and markings for the aircraft of the aces.


Filling over 400 pages of marvellous detailed research and including over 350 wartime images, most of which have not been see before in an English language book, this must surely be the prime reference for the Hungarian Air Force and its' pilots of WW2.
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