News about the Book and Updates on the Site
21 July 2010: Additional information on and by RAF pilot Kenneth Trott--who was shot down probably by Grislawski on 13 July 1944--posted to the Errata and Additions page.
11 July 2009: New information concerning Grislawski's 120th victory on 11 January 1944 posted to the Errata and Additions page.
15 June 2009: Acccording to the book Bitva za nebo 1941 by Dmitriy Khazanov (published in 2007), p. 169, the I-16 recorded as Hermann Graf's first victory on 4 August 1941 may have belonged to 255 IAP. Added in the Errata and Additions page.
3 October 2007: Review page updated with a new review.
30 December 2006: Photos of a model of Grislawski's JG 52 Bf 109 G-2 by Anders Hjortsberg, added to the Art & Models Page.
14 October 2006: Review page updated with two new reviews.
12 September 2005: Review page updated with a new review.
22 May 2005: Links page updated: Interviews with Walter Krupinski & Dietrich Hrabak.
28 April 2005: Review page updated with a review from magazine Jet und Prop.
20 April 2005: Review page updated with a review from magazine Jägerblatt.
2 April 2005: Links page updated with Panzermuseum - including original Luftwaffe documents in archive.
29 March 2005: Links page updated.
25 March 2005: Review page updated with more reviews.
14 July 2004: Updates on the Errata and Additions Page.
30 June 2004: The Page on the Rudder Display was slightly modified.
28 June 2004: Graf's & Grislawski's Bf 109 original rudders are now on display at Technikmuseum Speyer. Our site is updated with a new page on this fantastic event! More will follow soon!
20 June 2004: Updates on the Errata and Additions Page and the Links Page.
19 May 2004: Aviation historian Jan Bobek's first comment on the book, added to the Review page.
19 April 2004: Aviation historian Ota Jirovec's review on the book, added to the Review page.
29 January 2004: Photos of a model of Graf's JG 50 Bf 109 G-6 by Chris Novak, added to the Art & Models Page.
20 January 2004: Four new decal sheets in conjunction with the Graf & Grislawski book, and based on Claes Sundin's excellent profiles in the book, are released by our publisher, Eagle Editions. See the decal sheets here.
19 January 2004: Artist Claes Sundin's Images of Graf's & Grislawski's Mission 14 May 1942 added to the Art & Models Section.
18 January 2004: Aviation historian Don Caldwell's first comment on the book, added to the Review page.
17 January 2004: Statement by Mrs Ilse Grislawski, widow of Alfred Grislawski, on the book, added to the Review page.
4 January 2004: A new screenshot from IL-2/FB by Claes Sundin of Grislawski's Bf 109 in combat.
3 January 2004: We wish all our visitors (around 22,000 before the websounter started from zero on New Year's Day) a happy new year! The latest update is an article with information of Graf's & Grislawski's Bf 109 original rudders coming together again at the Technikmuseum in Speyer.
26 November 2003: A new review, by Håkan Gustavsson, posted to the Review page.
22 November 2003: An errata for the book has been posted.
10 November 2003: The list of sources used for the Graf & Grislawski book was posted to this site.
5 November 2003: For the readers of the Graf & Grislawski book, artist Cpt. Farrel has provided us with an illustration of Hauptmann Alfred Grislawski, Staffelkapitän in III./JG 53 Pik As, taking off from Paderborn Airdrome on what would become his last combat mission.
3 November 2003: A new review, by Russian Aviation Historian Nikita Yegorov, posted to the Review page.
2 November 2003: This should have been our friend Alfred Grislawski's 84th birthday. A review on the Graf & Grislawski book by Günther Rall, and a review by Fritz Presoli (Grislawski's former First Mechanic) were posted to the Review page.
8 October 2003: A new review, by John McBride, posted to the Review page.
5 October 2003: A new page created, with photos, links and information regarding the airfields from where Graf, Grislawski, and Ernst Süss flew their final combat missions, added to the list of articles - as a supplement and service to the readers of the book. A Pair of Aces: Cpt. Farrel's Artistic Tribute to Graf & Grislawski, added to the Art & Models Section.
3 October 2003: A new review, by Robert E. Wartburg of the JG 54 Grünherz Home Page, posted to the Review page.
1 October 2003: To honor Alfred Grislawski, who sadly passed away on 19 September 2003, a special In Memoriam Page was linked to from the Main Page. Previously, this page featured as our site's new Main Page. Three new book reviews were posted to the Review Page.
17 September 2003: A separate page with reviews of the Graf & Grislawski book is created.
16 September 2003: Photos of a model of Graf's JG 50 Bf 109 G-5 by Floyd S. Werner, Jr. added to the Art & Models Section.
NEWS 13 September 2003: Photos of a model of Grislawski's JG 50 Bf 109 G-6 by Chris Novak, plus a "real" photo of Grislawski and the same aircraft, added to the Art & Models Page. Thomas Bautch's account of the methods that he used to create such a fantastic model of Graf's JG 50 Bf 109 G-6 added to the pages with Bautch's model photos. More readers' first impression of the book added to the Main Page--by Mike Crosman. (Transferred to the Review Page on 17 Sept 2003.)
NEWS 9 September 2003: First reader's first impression of the book--Blake Field's posting, on the Main Page. (Transferred to the Review Page on 17 Sept 2003.)
NEWS 1 September 2003: Photos of a model of Graf's JG 50 Bf 109 G-6 by Thomas Bautch, plus a "real" photo of Graf and the same aircraft, added to the Art & Models Section.
NEWS 31 August 2003: Main Page slightly modified. A new photo of Lutz-Wilhelm Burckhardt was added.
NEWS 28 August 2003: The book is out, and ready for immediate delivery! First impression by Mr Alfred Grislawski and his wife, Mrs. Ilse Grislawski, who saw the printed book for the first time today: It is "ganz toll" in German--or, in English, "just great." Just hope that everyone else will think so too... For those who wish to order the book, please go to the Order the Book Page. The publisher too is quite enthusiastic about this new book, as can be seen here... ;-)
NEWS 7 August 2003: News from the publisher: The first two copies of the book--one of the standard edition and one of the leather-bound De Luxe Edition, signed by Alfred Grislawski--have arrived ahead of the batch of the whole edition. Publisher's impression is that they look absolutely great. The book will be available for all readers within the next few days.Orders can be taken now for the book.
NEWS 18 July 2003: Image of Graf's Bf 109 F-4 in 9./JG 52, skin by Claes Sundin
NEWS 17 July 2003: News from the publisher: The books are now printed and on the way to us arriving the end of August. Update on the Order the Book Page.
NEWS 28 June 2003: Image of Major Hermann Graf's Bf 109 G-6 in JG 50
MORE NEWS 27 June 2003: Message from the Publisher, Eagle Editions: "Going to the IPMS convention. I will take one of the proof copies of Graf & Grislawski: A Pair of Aces with us."
NEWS 27 June 2003: New skins to Graf's and Grislawski's aircraft have been added to Cpt Farrel's IL-2 Forgotten Battles Skins site, and the mission building project has started. Links Page updated. Some articles slightly modified.
NEWS 26 June 2003: Test flying Hermann Graf's or Alfred Grislawski's Bf 109s in flight simulator. Check out Cpt Farrel's IL-2 Forgotten Battles Skins site or see the new update on Art & Models of Graf's and Grislawski's aircraft.
NEWS 11 June 2003: Art & Models of Graf's and Grislawski's aircraft updated.
NEWS 10 June 2003: Two of Claes Sundin's excellent color profiles of aircraft flown by Graf & Grislawski - two of over 25 profiles in the book- are added. Various articles are slightly modified and updated. A new section added - Art & Models of Graf's and Grislawski's aircraft.
NEWS 9 June 2003: The first copy of the book--for checking the printing quality--has been printed and delivered to the publisher! Jerry Crandall phoned me and told me that it looks absolutely beautiful. Top printing quality, wonderful photos! All that is needed now is that the printer darkens some of Claes Sundin's color profiles to get the exact color tone. Copies will be sent immediately to Claes and me for comments before the real edition is printed. We all are scrupulous about the quality! Jerry and Judy Crandall also told me that there already are very many advance orders for the Graf&Grislawski book, not least regarding the signed limited De Luxe edition. /Christer Bergström
NEWS 8 June 2003: A new article: The Truth About Hermann Graf's Activities in Captivity. Many new links added to the Links Page.
NEWS 14 May 2003: "Graf & Grislawski" is at the printer!
NEWS 10 May 2003: The publisher has decided to do a full color dust jacket with French folds for book. Too, we will have a dust jacket on the deluxe edition to protect the beautiful ox blood red leather. It will have the title embossed on the cover and the title, etc on the spine.
NEWS 1 May 2003: The Index is completed by a professional indexer. I can only say that I'm impressed; it's one of the more detailed indexes I've ever seen. Soon off to the printer. However, there has been a delay due to the fact that the Swedish Post "service" took over a month extra to deliver the proofread pages across the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing any of us can do anything about, but now the publishing date has been delayed by more than a month. The publisher says: "We will have quantity here mid to end of July, providing there is no production problems. I will probably have some copies at the IPMS nationals in Oklahoma city so I can take orders, or if not too expensive, I might have some flown in for the meeting."
NEWS 27 April 2003: A comment from someone who has been doing some editing on the book: "Please send my kudos to the author--very nicely done!" A first kind of review?... Soon going to the printer...
NEWS 26 April 2003: The front & back covers of the book can be seen here.
14 April 2003: Mail from my Publisher: "Pages
arrived today, safe and sound!" Meaning
the pages that have been personally signed for the book by Mr. Alfred Grislawski./Christer
NEWS 28 February 2003: I have just done my proofreading of the printouts of all the layout pages. I can assure you that the guys at Eagle have done a fantastic work! It's the most beautiful aviation book I have ever seen - without any exaggeration. The layout is in the same style as in their "Assi" Hahn book (also a great book), but in the Graf&Grislawski book, I think it's even nicer. /Christer Bergström
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