Born in 1915, Johannes Kaufmann left school early to work as an apprentice in an aircraft factory. In 1934 he volunteered in the newly-formed Luftwaffe, working through the ranks to become a Hauptmann by the end of the war, commanding a Staffel of Bf 109 fighters. Kaufmann's book, _Meine Flugberichte_, was published in Germany in 1989. The English translation, a never-before-seen version, has been updated to enhance his story and add greater chronological and contextual detail for the English author. Richard James Overy is a British historian who has published extensively on the history of World War II and Nazi Germany. John Weal is an aviation illustrator and historian of many years standing. Specialising in the German Luftwaffe of World War II, he has also translated the memoirs of eight former Luftwaffe combat pilots for the English-speaking market.