About the Author

Boris Ciglić, attorney at law from Belgrade, Serbia, born in 1971, began researching the history of military aviation in the Balkans, with the emphasis on the first half of the XX century, from his early youth. He is the author of the acclaimed monograph about early Serbian Aeronautics, ‘Wings of Serbia’ (2009) and the study of Austro-Hungarian Naval Aviation ‘Seaplanes of Bocche’ (2014). He also co-authored the books ‘Croatian Aces’ (2002), ‘Dornier Do 17: The Yugoslav Story’ (2007), and the first volume of the ‘Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Yugoslav Story’ (2016). His next book, ‘Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Yugoslav Story (Volume II)’, written with Dragan Savić and Milan Micevski is due for publishing in September 2018.

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34 thoughts on “About the Author”

  1. Hi Boris,
    today I received your new book “Seaplanes of Bocche” – I want to congratulate you to this marvelous work. It’s so important to tell the history of those places like Kumbor – especially when they destroy all the old traces… Hope the owner of the newly built hotel will sell your book to their guests that they can see what happened at these place!
    Your book is highly recommended!
    Thanks for signing it!
    All the Best to you and your future aviation projects.
    Martin

    1. Dear Martin,

      Sorry for not answering earlier, I missed your comment, for which I am very thankful. I’m really glad that you enjoy the book 🙂

      Best regards,
      Boris

  2. Poštovani,
    radim u hrvatskim novinama 24 sata i pišemo tekst o pilotu iz I. svjetskog rata, Josipu (Josifu) Antunoviću. Imate li kakve podatke o njemu? Gdje je služio, kakav avion je vozio itd,?

    LP,
    Bogdan

    1. Dobar dan Bogdane,

      Imam tražene podatke, upravo sam vam poslao mejl.

      Srdačan pozdrav,
      Boris Ciglić

  3. Boris:
    I received your book “Seaplanes of Bocche” thank you for telling the story of Austro-Hungarian naval aviation in world war I
    a long neglected field that needed to be told. Great book I also
    loved the color in the back .

  4. Hi Boris

    I just found this site and wondered if there is any mention of my father Franz Falk in Seaplanes of Bocche. He was a k.u.k. Seeflieger (Seefaehnrich, then Fregattenleutnant) stationed at Kumbor 1917-1918 and was on various sorties as an observer, including 27-06-1918 when he was shot down in K213.

    Kind regards

    Ronald

    1. Dear Ronald,

      It is always a pleasure to get in touch with families of late Austro-Hungarian naval aviators. Your father is mentioned on a couple of places in the book and the air battle in which he was shot down is described in detail and includes a narrative report from Italian 258a Squadriglia, whose pilots shot him down.

      Best regards,
      Boris

  5. Dead mr Ciglik Im interested in your book “Seaplanes of Bocche”. As wargamer and modeller, and with interest in the Austro-hungarian navy your book is something like a treasure. I
    hope that you can write another book about the seaplanes of the North Adriatic… Im sorry, you write an excelente book and your readers “Oh! When a book about this and those…”. Thanks.

  6. Thanks! I will order the book in a few days. My country is Spain.
    Thanks once more for your attention.

  7. The book arrived today in perfect shape.Its excellent and I am very happy to see your signature in it, many many thanks Mr Ciglik.

  8. I hope that some time in the future you will write something similar of the Northern Adriatic seaplanes.Thanks again.

  9. Dear Mr.Boris,I have read the comments of people who share the same love as I have which is the history of aviation.I have in my airplane collection all 3 books ,Serbia,Bocche and Do 217.They have a special place in my heart.Thank you for sharing with us the history of your country .Please continue to write ,I will be there to buy.Gary

  10. Dear Mr Ciglić, I am especially interested in German-built transport aircraft. So I like to ask if you have detailled information about Ju 52s in Yugoslavia (civil or military) available.
    Possibly, are you planning to publish a book about these aircraft?
    Regards
    Paul M

  11. Поштовање Борисе!
    Да ли се књига “Крила Србије” може купити код вас? Зоран С. Београд

    1. Поштовани Зоране,

      Управо сам послао мејл.

      Срдачан поздрав,
      Борис Циглић

  12. Поштовани,замолићу Вас да ми меилом доставите упутство како да поручим књигу.Хвала.

    1. Поштовани Миљане,

      Управо сам Вам проследио мејл са инструкцијама. Претпоставио сам да је у питању књига о Месершмитима.

      Срдачан поздрав,
      Борис Циглић

  13. Poštovani!

    Čitam vašu knjigu „Messerschmitt Bf109 – The Yugoslav story“. Sve pohvale, odlično napisano. Pogotovo me zanimaju oni avioni, koji su se srušili u okolini kde živim (severozapadni dio Slovenije). Pronašli smo par tih lokacija i ostataka aviona. Jedan od tih aviona koji je pomenut u knjigi, oboren 25.2.1944 u predjelu Jelovice, nije Bf 109, nego Focke Wulf Fw190. Imam delove motora i kompresora koji to dokazuju. Ako vas zanima mogu vam poslati fotografije.

    Pozdrav, Aleksander

    1. Poštovani Aleksandre,

      Hvala na komplimentima. Uskoro vam stiže mejl od mene.

      Srdačan pozdrav,
      Boris

  14. Hi Boris
    I would like to make another try at buying your book seaplanes of Bocche. Since the money order didn’t work how about a cashiers check or personnel check in US dollars? Please reply

    1. Hello James,

      Plese check your inbox.

      Regards,
      Borishttp://wingsofserbia.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php#comments-form

  15. Poštovani gospodine Cigliću,
    Pratim odavno vaš naučno-istraživački rad, i ako ovako nastavite,mislim da će se zatvoriti naš Muzej vazduhoplovstva i Vojni arhiv. Pravite neverovatne knjige.
    Molim Vas,za Vas pitanje: da li imate bilo kakvih fotografija vezanih za Belu Crkvu, Aerodrom u Beloj Crkvi i 31 vazduhoplovnu školu gađanja u Beloj Crkvi za vreme od 1930 do 1941 godine. Srdačan pozdrav i hvala Vam unapred.

    1. Dobar dan gospodine Ištvaniću,

      Mislim da imam par nekih fotografija vezanih za tu temu. Porveriću pa ću vam se javiti na mejl.

      Srdačan pozdrav,
      Boris Ciglić

  16. Dear Boris,
    My name is Vince Tassone and I am the Editor of Stormo Magazine Online, a website dedicated to the Air Forces of the Italy in WWII. I’m looking for more information about the 3 C.205Vs that 3 Croatian Aces flew on June 30, 1944. In particular I am interested in the aircraft markings (German Crosses or Croatian Wingshield etc) and the camouflage schemes on these planes (I’m guess 74/75/76). I am preparing a decal sheet for modelers and I would like to include all three Croatian Aces in this sheet, namely, Helebrant, Bencetic, and Bartulovic.

    Here is a link to Stormo Decals:
    http://stormomagazine.com/Decals_Stormo.htm

    Best Regards,

    Vince Tassone

    1. Dear Vince,

      Unfortunately I cannot help you as any photos of HZL C.205s still have to be found.

      Brst regards,
      Boris

  17. Dear Boris
    How is work progressing on Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Yugoslav Story (Volume II). Can you predict a publication date?
    KR
    Del Davis

    1. Dear Del,

      Sorry for late reply. It is in a final phase. Still waiting for the profiles. The most optimistic estimation is April. I will keep you informed 🙂

      Best regards,
      Boris

        1. Dear Del,

          I expect to see it printed within a month. Everything but the English text review is finalized.

          Best regards,
          Boris

  18. Zdravo Borise,
    skoro sam našao podatke o mom pradedi od majke, na šta sam veoma ponosan.

    Poručnik Đorđe Stefanović, pilot

    Đorđe je rođen 20.februara 1909.godine u Suvodolu kraj Smedereva. Nakon završene Vojne akademije prelazi u vazduhoplostvo, gde prvo završava obuku za izviđača, da bi 1938.godine stekao i zvanje pilota. Kao pilota bombardera, Aprilski rat ga je zatekao na aerodromu kod Bijeljine.
    Umro je 8. aprila 1941.godine prilikom bombardovanja nemačke motorizovane kolone na putu Skoplje-Kumanovo, kada je njegov avion oboren.

    Posle ovog otkrića, imam zavet da čuvam sećanje na sve naše heroje. Interesuje me da li imate kontakt sa još nekim od članova porodica pilota poginulih u Aprilskom ratu?
    Nadam se da nisam jedini koji sam vam se javio.
    Pozdrav.

    1. Zdravo Aleksandre,

      Vaš pradeda je poginuo kao izviđač u posadi sa pilotom Vasilijem Mirovićem i strelcem Slobodanom Đorđevićem u blizini Kumanova. Potomci danas uglavnom ne znaju puno o svojim precima, ali ima i onih koje sve to jako interesuje 🙂 Do sada sam bio u kontaktu sa nekoliko stotina porodica bivših vazduhoplovaca, a imao sam i tu sreću da sa mnogima razgovaram još dok su bili živi. Na žalost, koliko mi je poznato više nema živih pripadnika Vazduhoplovstva vojske KJ. Da li imate sačuvane neke fotografije vašeg pradede?

      Srdačan pozdrav,
      Boris

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