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12-23-2004, 10:51 AM
Which is the best book on B.O.B and who is the author and publisher?

12-23-2004, 11:17 AM
Don't know any books, but check out this one:

12-23-2004, 12:34 PM
Hi Aminx

"First Light" by Geoffrey Wellum (ISBN 0 141 00814 8) is an excellent account of RAF training and the Battle of Britain.

Wellum, as a young pilot, served with 92 Squadron through out the battle and gives a frank and moving account of the real nature of air warfare at the time.

Maybe not the best book specifically about BoB, but certainly one of most well written and honest first hand pilot accounts.



12-23-2004, 01:00 PM
I liked Fighter Boys by Patrick Bishop as a general view.

12-23-2004, 01:07 PM
Just had another thought,

"JG26, Top Guns of the Luftwaffe", by Donald Caldwell (ISBN 0 8041 1050 6). Again this is a book that covers a much wider time frame (the whole history of the unit), but it does include a detailed chapter on BoB.

Also very useful for the whole of the Western front time frame (the unit spent most of its life there, apart from a couple of brief visits to the Med and the east). A little on the dry side, but full of day to day detail about a units operation.

An interesting read from a German fighter units perspective.

Have a great Christmas one and all


12-23-2004, 01:10 PM
thanks weeksy and dieg.I've been only reading about the pacific lately.

12-23-2004, 02:00 PM
I just bought "Duel of Eagles" for my dad as a Christmas gift. While he plays with the camera I bought him, I'll read the book http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

12-23-2004, 02:28 PM
chuck older

Is it BOB ? does it have photos?

12-23-2004, 02:34 PM
Yes, it's by Peter Townshend (not the Who's guitarist http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif ), who was a participant in the Battle of Britain

It has 16 pages of black and white photos, one of the most impresive is an HE-111 exploding in mid-air

12-23-2004, 03:37 PM
Can't beat Figther Boys for a pilot's eye view. Great piece of writing.

12-23-2004, 04:14 PM
If you're into fictional books then you can't beat Piece of Cake by Derek Robinson, my online nickname is a character from the book. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

12-23-2004, 07:17 PM
Bomben Auf Engeland




12-24-2004, 06:59 AM
Chuck_older has recommended a great book.

Duel of Eagles by Peter Townshend was written in the 60's and contains a detailed (and impartial) description of the battle from the top down.

Peter interviewed many people connected with the battle from both the German and British sides including a member of a bomber crew he had shot down that had lost both his legs. That bit left me with a lump in my throat.

I got it from Amazon recently.

12-24-2004, 07:31 AM
if you can find it, Battle of Britain by Len Deighton should also be a good read.

and since jg26 was mentioned try part1 of the jg26 war diary also by Donald Caldwell.

12-24-2004, 07:38 AM
'The Narrow Margin' by Derek Wood and Derek Dempster. Old but good, and still in print.

also, 'The Hardest Day' by Alfred Price, the battle encapsulated by the events of one day,

and 'The Most Dangerous Enemy' by Stephen Bungay, fairly new but with some very perceptive writing.


TgD Thunderbolt56
12-24-2004, 08:31 AM
Peter Townsend was credited with downing the first German aircraft over English soil since WWI. It was an He111 and one of the crew members (Karl Missy) was captured and eventually became close friends with Townsend.

Duel of Eagles is a good read and highly recommended for anyone remotely interested in the Battle of Britain.


12-24-2004, 09:24 AM
i will compile all the info coming in and pass it on to the local bookstore for some pricing.I have never read a book on BOB.
During the course of the year i read pacific stuff.
FIRE IN THE SKY good reading
THE BLUE DEVILS also good for modelers
THE FIRST TEAM pearl harbour to midway,very detailed,a must.

thanks for support