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The Croatian Air Force Legion (HZL: Hrvatska Zrakoplovna Legija) was a foreign volunteer unit of the Luftwaffe of the Independent State of Croatia. The legion had approximately 360 men.

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The unit was sent to Germany for training on 15 July 1941 before heading to the Eastern Front.
Many of the pilots and crews had previously served in the Royal Yugoslav Air Force during the Invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941. Some of them also already had experience with the two main Airplanes that they would piloted, the Messerschmitt 109 and Dornier Do 17.

The Legion's commander was Ivan Mark. During operations over the Eastern Front, the unit's fighters scored a total of 283 kills and its bombers participated in 1,332 combat missions.

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