Originally Published by Sprachmittler Verlag, Berlin, 1943
Editor: Karl Kahsnitz
Issued by AIR MINISTRY A.I. 12, London, March 1945
A very rare original 1945 Air Ministry Intelligence Section A.I. 12 edition of Luftfahrt-Englisch, a detailed German air force aeronautics handbook, covering Allied aviation and equipment terminology. The book was originally published in Berlin in 1943 for the German Air Force. This copy was produced by the British Air Ministry Intelligence section A.I. 12 in March 1945, towards the end of the war in Europe. Subjects covered include: general aeronautic terms, aircraft classification, military aircraft, aeroplane parts, wings, engines, fuselages, controls, components, RAF aircraft, US aircraft, armament, fighters, bombers, meteorology, etc. With text in both English and German, the handbook is Illustrated with diagrams, fold-outs, and line drawings.
A. I. 12 (Air Intelligence 12) was an RAF intelligence unit dedicated to providing intelligence for the USAAF when they arrived in Europe. A.I. 12 specialised in all aspects of intelligence on the Luftwaffe. In 1941, for example, they took a special interest in German airfields, with 37 officers dedicated to this task alone. At the start of WW2 the Air Ministry Air Intelligence Sections only had a total of 40 officers - by 1945 their operations had expanded to include over 700 officers. They were mainly talented individuals and experts who were specially recruited - only 10 A.I. officers were regular Air Force personnel, and all were of Group Captain or higher rank.
In good condition. The card cover is in fair to good condition, with general signs of use, some marks, creases, and wear to the edges and corners. The text and illustrations are in very good condition, with some cresased corners.
Published: 1945 Khaki card cover with black titling Illustrated with line drawings and diagrams Dimensions : 150mm x 210mm Pages: 166