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'RICHTHOFEN'S CIRCUS' Jagdgeschwader Nr 1 (Osprey Aviation Elite No 16
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'RICHTHOFEN'S CIRCUS' Jagdgeschwader Nr 1 (Osprey Aviation Elite No 16

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Greg VanWyngarden

Osprey, 2004.

Undoubtedly the most famous flying unit of World War 1, the legendary Jagdgeschwader Nr I, of 'The Flying Circus' as its respectful foes called it, was Germany's first true fighter wing. Comprised of Jagstaffein 4, 6, 10, and 11, the unit would always be associated with its first commander, the charismatic and revered Manfred von Richtofen. JG I was formed in July 1917, and for 16 months the unit's young pilots, in their colorful aircraft, battled for dominance in the skies over the Western Front, facing an ever-increasing tide of Allied aircraft. By the end of World War 1, this elite unit had inspired the formation of three other Jagdgeschwadern, and had been credited with 644 victories. 128 pages.