Hellenic Air Force Publications
The Hellenic Air Force from the appearance of the first pilots until the end of the 1 st World War.
Τhe first flight by Em. Argyropoulos with a Nieuport, the first flight of a military airplane by 1st Lieutenant D. Kamperos, the death of Al. Karamanlakis (first death of a Greek pilot) and the creation of the Army Air Company are the most important events, considering the first steps of the Air Force.
After that the Air Force participated in the Balkan Wars (in 1913 the first military mission of naval cooperation worldwide was accomplished by 1st Lieutenant M. Moutousis and Ensign A. Moraitinis) and the 1st World War, with the establishment of the first fighter squadrons, Bomber and Reconnaissance Squadrons and the execution of air combats, night air raids, anti submarine searches and attacks on various aims.
“History of the Hellenic Air Force”, Vol. II, 1919-1929
The Expedition in Asia Minor and the first years of the period between the two Wars.
The Air Force participated in the Asia Minor campaign with four Squadrons of Army Cooperation and one of Naval Cooperation. Reconnaissance, air photography, machine-gunning, bombarding and air-combats constitute its multiple action.
During the peaceful period that followed after the end of the Asia Minor expedition the Air Force was reorganized and modernized with new types of English and French aircraft.
In 1928 an important accomplishment was achieved, considering the potential of the Air Force at that time, the Tour of the Mediterranean by the Breguet 19 “HELLAS” with 1st Lieutenant E. Papadakos as pilot and colonel Ch. Adamidis as observer.
“History of the Hellenic Air Force”, Vol. III, 1930-1941
The period between the two Wars, from the establishment of the Air Force Ministry to the beginning of the 2nd World War and the Hellenic – Italian conflict in Albania.
The Air Force Ministry was established in 1930, the Air Force Academy in 1931 and the Hellenic Air Force General Staff in 1934, while new types of aircraft were received, according to the modernization plan.
At the beginning of the Hellenic-Italian War the Air Force managed to hold back the action of the powerful Italian Air Force, with the incomparable self-sacrifice of its crews.
It managed also to gather information for the enemy movements, to destroy important enemy re-supply lines and to protect friendly troops.
The spotting from the air of the Italian Division “Julia” and the accomplishment of 1st Lieutenant Marinos Mitralexis, who rammed an Italian airplane with his propeller, after consuming his ammunition, are two of the most important achievements of the Hellenic Air Force at this period.
“History of the Hellenic Air Force”, Vol. IV, 1941-1944
The contribution of the Hellenic Air Force in the operations during the German invasion, the escape to Crete and Egypt, as well as the recreation and action in the Middle East and Italy.
During the German invasion the Greek pilots performed their duties sufficiently, but the encounter with the Luftwaffe was unequal. The few airplanes that managed to escape to the Middle East constituted the basis for the re-establishment of the HAF.
Three Hellenic Squadrons were created, which participated in convoy escorting, anti-submarine search, aggressive patrolling, reconnaissance, attacks and interceptions.
In the summer of 1943 two of the Hellenic Squadrons participated in the air raids against Crete.
From May to November 1944 the action of the Hellenic Air Force was continued in Italy with bombing, reconnaissance and patrolling missions.
When the German occupation forces departed Greece, the Hellenic Squadron repatriated and a new era for the Hellenic Air Force began.
Hellenic Wings, An Illustrated History of the H.A.F. and precursors
This book presents a concise history of the Hellenic Air Force, covering the first half of the century. It describes the first attempts of Greek pioneers in 1908, the birth of the Air Arm (military and naval), the Balkan Wars (1912), the World War I, the expedition in Asia Minor, the period between the two World Wars with the creation of a unified Air Force. The World War II, fighiting against Italians, the resistance against Germans and the Middle East – Mediterranean operations till 1944. The book is an excellent demonstration of the HAF’S struggle and sacrifices during difficult times.
“Anniversary Catalogue of Killed Aviators”
“Album of Killed Aviators in war and peace times”
“Album of the 63 victims of the accident with the C-130 aircraft that crashed in Mount Othris on the 5th of February 1991”
CV and photograph of all the victims in the above accident.
The fifth Volume of the History of the Hellenic Air Force (1945-1949, Civil War) is currently under preparation in the Air History Service, while at the same time various studies are undertaken, concerning different issues of the Hellenic military history.