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11-29-2004, 05:07 PM
Hey everyone,

I'm looking to get a few books over the next couple of months to aid me in a couple of research projects that I'm doing. Focus is WWII aviation, specifically towards the European theater (East and West). Couple of categories I'm looking for and I'm looking to try and cover the ground fairly well without buying too many books (all at once anyways http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif). So essentially the "best of" books.

Looking for the biography of a USAAF pilot, biography of a Luftwaffe pilot, book on air combat tactics and manuvers, book that covers as much of the air war as possible including details on aircraft, events, etc.

11-29-2004, 05:11 PM

Went here and had a copy of R.A.F. in Russia (printed 1942) located within a few hours.

They don't sell, but farm out your request to multiple booksellers.

11-29-2004, 05:13 PM
Definitely pick up "The B-17" by Martin Caidin. It's an incredible book about an incredible plane. I also suggest the biography of Chuck Yeager, though I forget what it's called. The Osprey series is great.

Some others are:

"Top Guns" Joe Foss and an associate collected the stories of aces from WW1, WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. There are a ton of good anecdotes and a hell of a lot of info in there.

"The Blonde Knight of Germany" about high scoring German ace: Erich Hartmann.

"Adolf Galland: The Authorised Biography" by David Baker. About, obviously, Adolf Galland.

an autobiography of my friend: Lt. Gottfried Dulias, a Bf-109G-14/AS pilot in both the Western and Eastern front in III/JG53 from 1944 until 1945 when he was shot down and captured by the Russians. His story of spending several years in a Gulag is in there as well. It can be purchased at:
do an author search with the last name: Dulias, and you will find it. It is called "Another Bowl of Kapusta"

11-29-2004, 05:24 PM
Not sure about your research, but read Catch 22. Best WWII book ever!

BTW Wingnut, love your avatar. Can't wait for the new season.

11-29-2004, 07:19 PM
ill foto some of the book ive just read for u mate, got about BOB (main bit ill do for u) and poland, france, russia (also japan vs russia early). its fairly amusing in places too, which helps http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

11-29-2004, 07:52 PM
Voices in the Air - edited by laddie lucas has been sitting on my book shelf for a while now I plan to get it read soon but it looks like it will be interesting

Pingu any chance you can help out here?


11-29-2004, 08:53 PM
its not particularly aviation oriented but "Panzer Leader" by Generaloberst Heinz Guderian is an essential read for any WWII historian.

11-29-2004, 10:37 PM
Take your pick. (http://www.naysayers.com/9jg52/books.html)

11-29-2004, 10:43 PM
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No offense Stiglr but i'm looking for somthing a little less....ummmmm....well...Nazi-ish. thank you.

got anything on say P-47 pilots maybe?

11-30-2004, 12:43 AM
I found a book for P-47 pilots like yourself:


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11-30-2004, 01:43 AM
as far as Luftwaffe is concerned, and you can find them, try:

I flew for the Fuhrer by Heinz Knoke

Stuka pilot, Hans Ullrich Rudel.

as far as aircombat tactics are concerned, try finding:

fighter combat tactics and maneuvering by Robert L Shaw

11-30-2004, 02:51 AM
"Luftwaffe Fighter Aces" by Mike Spick for the Jagdflieger and their combat tactics and tecqniques. I've also seen one he's done on allied tactics and have asked my local military bookshop to hunt it down.

11-30-2004, 03:08 AM
A few good early western front books.

Fighter Pilot - Paul Richey. A personal record from a pilot in No1 squadron, flying a Hurricane Mk1 in the Battle of France. It's a really good book.

Fighter Boys - Patrick Bishop. Good overview of the Battle of Britain, focusing mainly on the pilots of Fighter Command.

First Light - Geoff Wellum. Personal account from a Spitfire pilot, focusing mainly on the training and the Battle of Britain, but also has some interesting stuff about Malta (and the problems of getting a Spitfire airborne from a carrier).

The Hardest Day - Alfred Price. Probably my favourite of the lot. It focuses all its attention onto the events of the 18th August 1940, which became known as the hardest day as there were more aircraft lost that day than any other during the battle. It builds up a complete picture of how the Luftwaffe raids were planned and implemented and the response of Fighter Command. Because it focuses in so hard on the one day it moves hour by hour and you get the feeling that you're following it in real time. There are eyewitness accounts from the aircrew of both sides (often describing the same event) aswell as people on the ground.

They're all worth a read, but if you were only going to get one. I'd go for The Hardest Day.

Apparently Alfred Price wrote another aswell about Battle of Britain Day (15th Sept, if my memory serves, quite sure I'll be corrected if not), it's on my Xmas list to Santa.

11-30-2004, 04:08 AM

fighter boys by patrick bishop
first light geoffrey wellum (favourite)
voices in the air laddie lucas
the big show pierre cloistermann ( apologies if spelling wrong this is from memory)

For Luftwaffe

first and last adolf galland

and Luftwaffe war diaries has just been republished giving a full history of Lufwaffe operations

dont forget to try e-bay for your books it could save you some cash

11-30-2004, 04:58 AM
Books from the Black Cross/Red Star series are a definate boon to any book shelf.

War in a Stringbag by Charles Lamb is really quite enlightening.

Voices in the Air is really very interesting, and has little stories from all over the war mainly written by airmen of many nations, both allied and axis. Certainly worth a read.

There's a few more that I have read, but I forget their names.

11-30-2004, 05:05 AM
Just found another two I have on me shelf:

Tail Gunner by Chan Chandler DFC is a great read. He originally was training to be a pilot, but they were short on air gunners, so he swapped over. He flew 98 missions in Lancasters as a tail gunner, and ended up flying Mosquitos at the end of war taking photos.

Another great wee book, although not really focussed on the air war, is a published diary of an eccentric chap living in Surrey in the subburbs of London during the war. It's called The War and Uncle Walter, compiled by Art McCulloch.

11-30-2004, 07:21 PM
I'm a total noob, but I've got a book that probably nobody here has read. Its called Spy in the Sky by Hoyt Warren, who describes in detail his training from teh day he enlisted to his days flying P-51 photographic missions over Europe. Its a pretty "up close and personal" view of pilot training & missions. You'll never find it anywhere, so I can mail it to you if you'd like. Its a quick read.

11-30-2004, 07:27 PM
JG26 Top Guns of the Luftwaffe by Donald L. Caldwell

Its boring as hell but its a good historical perspective.