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smokincrater
11-01-2007, 08:23 PM
My personal favourite is `Fly for your life`. A bio of Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck. I also enjoyed `The Damnbusters` by Paul Brickhill(himself a pilot during WWII[RAAF No.3] and POW at Stalag Luft III the scene of `the great escape`).

Tab_Flettner
11-01-2007, 08:35 PM
My personal favourite is `Fly for your life`. A bio of Wing Commander Robert Stanford Tuck

Ya thats a great book. Also check out "The First and the Last" Adolph Galland; "Tale of a guinee pig" Geoffrey Page; "Stuka Pilot" Hans Ulrich Rudels book; "Reach for the Sky" Douglas Bader and Paul Brickhill; and a great World War One classic "Wind in the Wires" by Duncan Grinnell-Milne.

Waaaaaaay too many to list.

leitmotiv
11-01-2007, 08:36 PM
This is a good question. The one I thought best captured the atmosphere of the wartime years in the UK was Clostermann's THE BIG SHOW. For my money, the best general history on an aviation subject is Terraine's THE RIGHT OF THE LINE, a history of the RAF in WWII.

JG14_Josf
11-01-2007, 09:10 PM
Fighter Combat (http://www.amazon.com/Fighter-Combat-Maneuvering-Robert-Shaw/dp/0870210599)

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Close second:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AYS6FW16L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg



Boyd (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513P2687GSL._BO2,204,203,200_PIlitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)

Boyd is better just because.

horseback
11-01-2007, 09:25 PM
1000 Destroyed: The Life and Times of the 4th Fighter Group, by Grover C. Hall, Jr. was easily one of the most influential stories I've ever read.

The Last Enemy, by Richard Hilary, Reach for the Sky, by Paul Brickhill, and Enemy Coast Ahead, by Guy Gibson, all give you a good 'feel' for the RAF's view of the war.

I Flew For the Fuhrer, by Knoke, is a very good equivalent for the LW pov...

cheers

horseback

R_Target
11-01-2007, 09:40 PM
It's a toss-up between Fire in the Sky, Eric Bergerud, or The First Team, John Lundstrom.

JG52Uther
11-02-2007, 04:01 AM
Graf and Grislawski:A Pair of Aces by Bergstrom.
Bodenplatte by Ron Putz
The First and the Last by Galland
The Big Show by Clossterman

DKoor
11-02-2007, 04:06 AM
A crazy book be sure............. t0ns of info about subject, and the sole reason of dealing with probably largest German paratrooper disaster ww2 operation is good enough to read it.

Air War for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete 1940-41
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ViktorViktor
11-02-2007, 04:31 AM
Baa Baa Blacksheep by Pappy Gregory Boyington.

He has a great yarn to tell, and he's actually a talented writer! Never a dull moment and unlike most books by aces, he spends time philosophizing about the human race and life in general.

Sad how it turned out for him in the end after he wrote the book.

JG4_Helofly
11-02-2007, 04:37 AM
http://www.feindberuehrung.de/

Feindberührung is the n.1 for me.
It's not a hero and propaganda story and show you how it really was from a soldiers POV.

erco415
11-02-2007, 04:37 AM
Fate is the Hunter, by Ernest K Gann
Stranger to the Ground, by Richard Bach
No Visible Horizon, by Joshua C Ramo
On Extended Wings, by Diane Ackerman

These books offer some of the best looks inside the cockpit to be had.

R_Target
11-02-2007, 05:00 AM
Originally posted by ViktorViktor:
Baa Baa Blacksheep by Pappy Gregory Boyington.

He has a great yarn to tell, and he's actually a talented writer! Never a dull moment and unlike most books by aces, he spends time philosophizing about the human race and life in general.

Sad how it turned out for him in the end after he wrote the book.

Yeah, it's an exciting read, but keep Bruce Gamble's Black Sheep One handy for comparison, as Boyington lays out some whoppers in his book.

Kurfurst__
11-02-2007, 05:09 AM
'Pumák földön-égen', that 'Pumas on the ground and in the air', by Lt. Tibor Tibok, a Hungarian veteran 5-kill ace from the famed 101st 'Puma' Home Fighter Regiment.

It`s an exremely well written, humourous, moving and insightful story of his life, his background, how he became pilot, fighter pilot before the war, got his familiarisation for the Bf 109 rather late in spring 1944, his combat career in the last 1.5 years of the war fought against both Sturmoviks and B-24 formations, the slow retreat to Austria and the Götterdammerung, his and his comrades service and stories (probably the best pilot stories ever BTW!), and then later how their political imprisonment in the post-war communist era, and how he was freed from the claws of the system shorty before 1956. It`s somewhat similiar to Clostermann`s 'Big Show', only deeper, more detailed and excellently written.

It has been published in French to my knowledge with a very good translation, as 'Les Pumas Rouges' or something like that.

Billy_BigBoy
11-02-2007, 05:23 AM
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major_setback
11-02-2007, 05:36 AM
'First Light' by Geoffrey Wellum.

Easy to read. Written in a modern style, a distanced and warm account of what it's like for an inexperienced lad to be fighting for dear life in the Battle of Britain and the battles that came after.

Billy_BigBoy
11-02-2007, 05:53 AM
3.

Bat 21, by William Anderson.
The BOOK, definitely NOT the movie!

And the best of all:
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Hands down http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

stathem
11-02-2007, 06:31 AM
As someone else said, too many to really pick from, but I'm going with

"They Gave me a Seafire" by Commmander R Mike Crosley.

It's well written,has the stories of combat, plus a lot of detailed Tactical and Strategic informoation, plus some excellent appendices on various aspects of fighting aircraft. Some really eye-opening stuff.

Schwarz.13
11-02-2007, 07:09 AM
Book by historian:

http://www.airwarfare.com/AWX/features/reviews/images/books/mostdangerous_small.jpg

It's the best book available (to date) on The Battle of Britain imo and enjoyable to read too.

Book by veteran (i've not read that many):

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Mysticpuma2003
11-02-2007, 07:37 AM
"Thunderbolt" by Robert S. Johnson

"First Light" by Geoffrey Wellum

Aces of the Luftwaffe (the Heinz Bar section)

TgD Thunderbolt56
11-02-2007, 07:54 AM
There are literally hundreds (and I have most of them). While I too lean towards the WWII genre, the best one I've ever read is:

"Fighting Against The Flying Circus" by Eddie Rickenbacker and published in 1919.

The prose, context and outlook all combine to make this book a very interesting look into Aviation history.

csThor
11-02-2007, 07:55 AM
I won't name any book "the best" but there are several excellent books on various subjects which I'd recommend:

Black Cross - Red Star (esp. Vol 3)
Jagdgeschwader 300 chronicle by Lorant & Goyat
Feindberührung by Julius Meimberg (german only)

There are more, but these are maybe a bit too "specialized".

tagTaken2
11-02-2007, 08:05 AM
"Fly for your life", was I think, the first aviation book that absolutely fascinated me- I also had to treat it like lead crystal, as it was my stepfather's first edition.
"Reach for the Sky" is also great.

I'm gonna nominate "The Right Stuff", though.

Von_Rat
11-02-2007, 08:57 AM
thirty seconds over tokyo.

i have a copy that was printed during the war.

crucislancer
11-02-2007, 09:48 AM
By a historian: JG26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe is a favorite of mine. Great book. I think it's quite detailed, Don Caldwell really did his homework on it. I guess JG26 is a favorite of his, I know he's writen a few books about them.

By a pilot: To Fly and Fight by Bud Anderson. It's no-nonsense and entertaining. That first chapter, which is available to read on his website, is just amazing.

I also liked Baa Baa Black Sheep, though Boyington's writing style took a bit to get used to.

I have a huge list of aviation books I want to read, unfortuntely there are quite a few that are difficult to find unless you hit eBay and pay the price. The First and the Last, I flew for the Furher, and The Big Show are at the top of the list.

Monty_Thrud
11-02-2007, 10:12 AM
"Wing Leader" ~ Johnnie Johnson

"Stapme" ~ David Ross/Gerald Stapleton

"The First and the Last" ~ Adolf Galland

"Spitfire - A Test Pilots Story" ~ Jeffrey Quill

"Fly for your Life" ~ Robert Stanford Tuck

"Sigh for a Merlin" ~ Alex Henshaw

"The Big Show" ~ Pierre Clostermann

Any of those are a good read. I'm waiting for "The Blond Knight of Germany".


Does anyone know of a book about the airwar over Italy?.
I'm building some missions and need to know some details.Heres some questions (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/50910533/m/4471003995).

han freak solo
11-02-2007, 10:36 AM
The one that sticks out in my mind in recent memory that I've read is:

A Flying Tiger's Diary - Charles Bond, Jr. and Terry Anderson

http://www.tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/1996/bond.jpg

Insuber
11-02-2007, 10:51 AM
Many good books on my shelves, but my vote goes to Samurai! by Saburo Sakai. Great man and great pilot.

Regards,
Insuber

mike_espo
11-02-2007, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by Insuber:
Many good books on my shelves, but my vote goes to Samurai! by Saburo Sakai. Great man and great pilot.

Regards,
Insuber

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif Was wondering when someone would get to this book...Great book. Especially the training methods of pre-war Japanese Naval aviation.
Also good is the revised version of Daniel Ford's Flying Tigers.

KRISTORF
11-02-2007, 11:46 AM
I have read most of the named boots, but one that stuck out recently was,
'Eagles Wings' by Hajo Herrman, the story of a career flyer who flew in Spain and all over Europe in WWII before coming up with the 'Wild Sau' concept of night fighter intercepts to protect German.

Freelancer-1
11-02-2007, 12:00 PM
Current best read http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

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Insuber
11-02-2007, 12:03 PM
Originally posted by Freelancer-1:
Current best read http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y189/Freelancer1/Misc/colouring-avenger.jpg


ROTFL! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

BRASSTURTLE
11-02-2007, 12:05 PM
Most definitely agree about Thunderbolt, Samurai!, & First Light. All excellent reads. I feel i need to add To War in a Stringbag. Riveting read.
Thunder Gods was a real eye opener to me about the Special Attack units. Not as well written as Wellums or Sakai's books but worth the time.

AKA_TAGERT
11-02-2007, 05:01 PM
Originally posted by Freelancer-1:
Current best read http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y189/Freelancer1/Misc/colouring-avenger.jpg ROTFL!

DIRTY-MAC
11-02-2007, 07:54 PM
has anyone read Paul richeys book about the phoney war, its very good, otherwise the löatest copy of THE BIG SHOW by pierre clostermann is probably the best book i have read up to date about a WWII pilot.

GBrutus
11-02-2007, 08:12 PM
The Big Show - Pierre Clostermann

Wings on My Sleeve - Eric Brown

The Most Dangerous Enemy - Stephen Bungay

Schwarz.13
11-02-2007, 08:37 PM
Originally posted by AKA_TAGERT:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Freelancer-1:
Current best read http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y189/Freelancer1/Misc/colouring-avenger.jpg ROTFL! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Call me an Anal Retentive but shouldn't that say With Foreword by AKA_TAGERT

Only if it had said that would i have rofl'd http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

Sillius_Sodus
11-02-2007, 08:39 PM
Originally posted by JG14_Josf:
Fighter Combat (http://www.amazon.com/Fighter-Combat-Maneuvering-Robert-Shaw/dp/0870210599)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513P2687GSL._BO2,204,203,200_PIlitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg

Close second:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51AYS6FW16L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg



Boyd (http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/513P2687GSL._BO2,204,203,200_PIlitb-dp-500-arrow,TopRight,45,-64_OU01_AA240_SH20_.jpg)

Boyd is better just because.

Read 'em both, great books. Fighter Combat should be required reading for any combat simmer.

Good hunting,
Sillius_Sodus

Sillius_Sodus
11-02-2007, 08:43 PM
Originally posted by AKA_TAGERT:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Freelancer-1:
Current best read http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y189/Freelancer1/Misc/colouring-avenger.jpg ROTFL! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Only someone who has NEVER studied aerodynamics would pick a book on aerodynamics http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Good hunting,
Sillius_Sodus

AKA_TAGERT
11-02-2007, 09:54 PM
Agreed 100%!

Hence my ROTFL comment!

Hrannar
11-02-2007, 10:33 PM
Dancing in the skies by Ţorsteinn E. Jónsson
Bomber boys by Kevin Wilson
Ghosts of the targets past by Philip Gray

Close runners up:
The big show by Closterman
I flew for the fuhrer by Heinz Knoke
Luftwaffe fighter aces by Mike Spick

FoolTrottel
11-03-2007, 03:59 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v668/fooltrottel/WingedVictory-1.jpg

major_setback
11-03-2007, 12:36 PM
'Fighter Boys' By Patrick Bishop' deals with BoB and the times leading up to it, including the formation of the RAF, development of it, the preparations for war, and the Battle of France.
This is a very readable and enjoyable Best Seller, the author has thoroughly researched the history of the time and consolidated his findings in this enjoyable read.

Deadmeat313
11-04-2007, 05:02 AM
Originally posted by DIRTY-MAC:
has anyone read Paul richeys book about the phoney war, its very good, otherwise the löatest copy of THE BIG SHOW by pierre clostermann is probably the best book i have read up to date about a WWII pilot.

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d119/deadmeat313/Fighter_Pilot.jpg

An absolutely fantastic, well written account of early hostilities in Northern France. First published in 1941.

T.