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Vote_Quimby
06-02-2005, 06:34 AM
I know there have been many threads about this topic but it is always nice to hear from everyone about the books they have enjoyed reading I€m currently on the last chapter of Saburo Sakai€s Samurai! I didn€t think I would get into it as much as the books pertaining to the European theater but I have to admit it is truly a great book. Sakai proves to have some awesome skill even with his €œdisability.€ I defiantly recommend this book.

With that said I need to consider what I would like to read next. What do you recommend? I€ve thought about reading Rudel€s €˜Stuka Pilot€, but I€m open to any other suggestions. Thanks!

vocatx
06-02-2005, 08:35 AM
I've got a pretty good selection of WWII books, and one I would highly recommend is Reach For The Sky by Paul Brickhill. It is the biography of Douglas Bader. I'm not sure where to find it these days, I bought mine about twenty-five years ago as part of the Bantam War Book series.

jensenpark
06-02-2005, 08:36 AM
Stuka Pilot was good.

Bit dry...but very interesting to read what this guy went through.

I've heard some dislike the book as Rudel comes accross as is a bit of an unrepentant Nazi...however it was written a long time ago.

VV_Holdenb
06-02-2005, 09:33 AM
Here my fav's:

€œFirst Light€ by Geoffrey Wellum, Spitfire pilot. Excellent read.

€œUnder an English Heaven€ Robert Radcliffe
Americans in Suffolk and their flying experiences. Good combat narratives.


"Shadows of Glory" by William Woodruff - very sad and moving (although fictional):
Friends from Oxford University from training to flying in the war.
Also by Woodruff: War related but not flying - Vessel of Sadness, road to Nab end and Beyond Nab end.

I have sitting on my desk: "Fighter Boys" by Patrick Bishop
and "For your freedom and ours" by Olson & Cloud. Must get to read them - too busy flying on-line!

aminx
06-02-2005, 11:31 AM
these are the books i have read during the last 12 months.

1)FIRE IN THE SKY:Easy and fun to read on the air war in the pacific.
2)THE FIRST TEAM:A must in your library. A hystorically correct book starting from the battle of the coral sea all the way to midway,the second book takes you up to Guadalcanal,i believe the writer is working on the next book.
3)THE BLUE DEVILS:This is a great book by Osprey on the aces of the pacific together with figures,specially interesting if you are into model making,lots of color blue prints.It is broken into 3 sections WILDCAT, HELLCAT, CORSAIR.
4)BATTLE OF BRITAIN:By Richard Overy,boring.
5)DUEL OF EAGLES:Battle of Britain again by Peter Townsend,boring and depressing.

hope this helps
aminx

dieg777
06-02-2005, 11:54 AM
Please check out the review section in the forums at airwarfare.com

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F19_Olli72
06-02-2005, 12:32 PM
If you havent done it already, you should definatly check out these books:

"Double fighter knight" by Ilmari Juutilainen (Finlands top ace, who flew from the beginning of the war starting out in Fokker DXXI and to the end of it in a Bf 109. Good dogfight stories)

"Fighter Boys" by Patrick Bishop (about BoB and some of the events before the battle.)

"Focke-Wulf Condor scourge of the Atlantic" by Kenneth Poolman (very well written book about Fw Condors and what RAF and Coastal command did to counter them. )

Monty_Thrud
06-02-2005, 12:50 PM
Books i've read recently

1,"Wing Leader" ~ Johnnie Johnson - http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
2,"The Big Show" ~ Piere Clostermann - http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
3,"Spitfire - A Test Pilots Story" ~ Jeffrey Quill - http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
4,"Spitfire Into Battle" ~ Duncan Smith - http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
5,"Nine Lives" ~ Alan Deere - http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
6,"Spitfire Offensive" ~ WC Sampson - http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Currently reading ..."Stapme" ~ David Ross & Gerald Stapleton...looking very good, so far

Just bought - "Luftwaffe Test Pilot" ~ Hans Werner Lerche..."Focke Wulf in Combat" ~ Alfred Price..."Late Mark Spitfire Aces '42-'45" ~ Alfred Price..."Spitfire In Combat" ~ Alfred Price

blairgowrie
06-02-2005, 05:14 PM
I am reading "Adventure with Fate". It is the autobiography of Harald Penrose, chief test pilot for Westland from 1926 until sometime after WW2.

It is quite a fascinating read. Westland didn't have much success with the Whirlwind or the Welkind which I had never heard of. The Welkind was twin engined fighter built in 1943 and although a total of 75 were delivered to the RAF, it was never accepted operationally.

A big success for Westland was the Lysander and during the war they built Spitfires and Seafires.

I am about halfway through the book and can recommend as a good read.

snafu73
06-02-2005, 08:19 PM
1: 'With the Jocks' By Peter White (of the 52nd lowland division), Probably the most intimate and gritty book on the ww2 I've read.

2: 'By tank into Normandy' By Suart Hills (of the sherwood rangers), A vivid portrayal of day to day life as a Sherman commander.

3: 'Death traps' By Belton Y. Cooper, a gruesome account of recovering knocked out tanks in the U.S. 3rd armoured and putting them back into action whenever possible. A bit of the book I'll always remember is the bit where the author describes recovering knocked out tanks that had'nt 'brewed up' - cutting the back end off the shell casing of the spent shell that had penetrated the tank then using it as a plug and welding it in the neat round hole that it had made on its way into the tank!

4: 'Tail end charlies' (Tony Rennell, John Nichol), full of incredible anecdotes including the tail gunner of a Lanc that jumped out of his burning plane at 18,000 thou feet without a chute and lived to tell the tail!

5: And at the moment I'm reading 'armageddon' By Max Hastings, who i think offers a fresh perspective on the last year of ww2.

All of the above I consider must reads and urge anybody who has'nt read them to do so.

vocatx
06-02-2005, 09:05 PM
Hey, Thrud, I may be going out on a limb here, but have you got a thing for Spitfires? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

bolillo_loco
06-02-2005, 11:25 PM
Originally posted by jensenpark:
Stuka Pilot was good.

Bit dry...but very interesting to read what this guy went through.

I've heard some dislike the book as Rudel comes accross as is a bit of an unrepentant Nazi...however it was written a long time ago.

I would agree with that, I however picked up his book for a steal at the local Good Will for a whopping 25 cents!

BTW a "Danger Dog" is a Dingo, watch it or it will eat your baby.

Monty_Thrud
06-03-2005, 01:17 AM
Hey, Thrud, I may be going out on a limb here, but have you got a thing for Spitfires?

Erm...no no no...well...yes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

F19_Ob
06-03-2005, 01:50 AM
I second what Olli said.

Ilmari Juutilainens book 'double fighter knight'
has very detailed combat accounts.
Good for anyone with an interest in the Bf109.
There is also additional detailed info about Finnish fightercombat (lots of pilots stories)
here:
http://www.virtualpilots.fi/en/hist/

Other than that the "Black cross Red star" books by Christer Bergstr¶m are very interesting.