CONTENTS

Foreword 5

Chapter 1: Legionnaires
A Road into the Unknown   7
The Front of All Fronts   9
In Icy Skies   12
Fiery Spring   20
Time of Vacillation   28
Gustavs Over the Caucasus   35
On the Gates of Tuapse   50
New Challenges   57
Battle Over Kuban   59
Time of Crisis   65
Offspring in the Crimea   71
Fight to the Last   81
Long Way Home   84

Chapter 2: Fighters of the Zvonimir Cross
Terror State   87
Too Little Too Late   91
Every Man for Himself   96

Chapter 3: Bulgarian Arrows
Defending Sofia   103
En Route to Ploiesti   111
Under the Allied Flag   115
Spoils of War   121

Chapter 4: Protectors of the Republic
Guerilla Air Force   123
War Booty   124
Bulgarian Connection   130
Back on First Line Service   134
Marshal’s Guards   137
The Young Regiment   142
Gloomy Year   145
End of the Road   156
Survivors   165

Chapter 5: Camouflage and Markings
Hrvatska zrakoplovna legija   167
Zrakoplovstvo Nezavisne Države Hrvatske   170
Vazdushni na Negovo Velichestvo Voyski & Vazdushni Voyski   171
Vazduhoplovstvo jugoslovenske armije & Jugoslovensko ratno vazduhoplovstvo   173

Endnotes 175

Appendix 1: Provisional List of Claims Achieved With Bf 109s by HZL Pilots 1941 – 1944   177
Appendix 2: Known Losses  of Luftwaffe Bf 109s with HZL Pilots 1941 – 1944   183
Appendix 3: Known ZNDH Bf 109 Losses 1944 – 1945   185
Appendix 4:
Known Claims Achieved With Bf 109 by VnNVV Pilots Over Yugoslavia 1943 – 1945   185
Appendix 5:
Known VnNVV & VV Bf 109 Losses in Operations Over Yugoslavia 1943 – 1945   186
Appendix 6:
List of VnNVV Bf 109Gs Seized by Luftwaffe at Skoplje Aerodrome, September 1944   186
Appendix 7:
VJA & JRV Bf 109 Register 1945 – 1953   187
Appendix 8:
VJA & JRV Bf 109 List of Losses & Accidents 1945 – 1952   188
Appendix 9:
Reconstruction of the Register of DB 605A & D Engines in JRV Inventory   190
Appendix 10:
Approximate Comparison of Ranks   190

Abbreviations 191
Selected Bibliography 192
Selected Archival Funds and Documents 192
Selected Internet Sources 192
Messerschmitt Bf 109 in Color 193

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