View Full Version : Good WW2 Airwarfare books

07-13-2010, 06:16 PM
Just asking if anyone can recommend some good books, websites or anything else about the airwar in WW2.

I would like to read pilots stories and maybe some of the true stories involved.

I found a great one at Barnes and noble today. Its called the 'Atlas of Airwarfare'. It has early beginnings and modern stuff too. But mostly WW2.

07-13-2010, 07:46 PM
"War in a Stringbag" by Charles Lamb

"I Flew for the Fuhrer" by Heinz Knoke

07-14-2010, 01:51 AM
Anything by Len Deighton is excellent in my opinion.(Fighter and Blitzkrieg)
The most dangerous enemy by Stephen Bungay is brilliant for B.O.B.
Right of the line (John Terraine)
Take your pick from any of the auto biographies,like:
Bader, Johnny Johnston, Adolf Galland, Peter Townsend's is a personal favourite. Knolke as mentioned is a good account of the difficulties the Germans faced over Germany.
Paul Richie Fighter Pilot is good.
I also think that nine live (Al Deere is a beauty)

When you have read all of them I'll go and get more titles from my collection http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Wow just naming them makes me want to go a read some again. I do love a good book.

07-14-2010, 06:51 AM
Spitfire into Battle : W G G Duncan Smith (lots of action in this one)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spitfi...-Smith/dp/0719554845 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spitfire-into-Battle-W-G-G-Duncan-Smith/dp/0719554845)

Wing Leader : Johnnie Johnson

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wing-L...id=1279111880&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wing-Leader-Top-scoring-Allied-Fighter/dp/0907579876/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279111880&sr=1-1)

Full Circle: The Story of Air Fighting : J E Johnson

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Full-C...79111934&sr=1-3#noop (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Full-Circle-Fighting-Military-Paperbacks/dp/0304358606/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279111934&sr=1-3#noop)

07-14-2010, 08:02 AM
Another great book is "First Light", by G. Wellem, a BoB pilot.

Len Deighton's "Bomber" is an absolute classic. His "Fighter" was a disappointment for me, though. I expected another "Bomber"-type, but about fighter pilots.

07-14-2010, 08:27 AM
The Big Show by Pierre Closterman is a great history of the Free French in the RAF and both Spitfire and Tempest operations.

07-14-2010, 09:17 PM
Here are five allied memoirs.

Assuming for a minute we have some appreciation for the obscure read. I can recommend -
"The Flying Sailor" by Andre Jubelin. It is a very nice read, and is a rather unknown book first published in French in the 1950's. He had quite a career.

Among other things the author tells a perilous tale of fleeing from Japanese control in a civilian plane, which does not have the needed range to cross some parts of the sea. So he and his cohorts carry extra fuel in cans. They poke a hole in the roof of the plane so that they can stand up in the hole and refuel in the air. He was in command of a French ship moored in London and used for its flak during the Blitz. Later he operated as a night fighter pilot in an ordinary day fighter, so called 'cat's eyes fighter.' Still later in his book he flies with the Fleet Air Arm operating from a Carrier.

If you want P-51's memoirs "Dumb But Lucky" is my favorite.

http://books.google.ca/books?i...#v=onepage&q&f=false (http://books.google.ca/books?id=mEfAUSGZ9OgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Dumb+But+Lucky&hl=en&ei=Sn0-TOXkFp_qnQepysGhBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false)

"Live Bait" is also excellent, but not quite as good as Dumb But Lucky. Both books follow the recruit throgh training into combat.

http://books.google.ca/books?i...um=6&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBQ (http://books.google.ca/books?id=RdqyAAAACAAJ&dq=live+bait&hl=en&ei=an0-TJvyMoKBnwfi1_jsBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBQ)

"Carrier Pilot" by Norman Hanson is the same story. Though he flies with the FAA in Corsairs in the Pacific. It is both a sobering and funny book.

http://books.google.ca/books?i...um=1&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA (http://books.google.ca/books?id=PHlyQgAACAAJ&dq=carrier+pilot&hl=en&ei=JX0-TPLPE8fLnAe9pb2vBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA)

"Flights of Passage" also takes plave in the Pacific theatre. But this time the pilot flies an Avenger. The book is worth your time for two reasons. Memoirs of Avenger pilots are rare. The quality of the writing in the book shows as well, as postwar the author becomes a Professor of English IIRC.

http://books.google.ca/books?i...um=1&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA (http://books.google.ca/books?id=FluENo9lLzsC&q=Flights+of+Passage&dq=Flights+of+Passage&hl=en&ei=-nw-TPviEcKFnQe7-qjaBA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CDQQ6AEwAA)

If you want some Axis memoirs let me know.

07-14-2010, 11:35 PM
"Terror in the Starboard Seat" is teh best book evar.

07-15-2010, 04:38 AM
My two favourite are:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Graf-G...id=1279190117&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Graf-Grislawski-Pair-Christer-Bergstrom/dp/0972106049/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1279190117&sr=1-1)

a little expensive I know...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spitfi...9190239&sr=1-1-fkmr1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spitfire-My-Tail-View-Other/dp/1872836003/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1279190239&sr=1-1-fkmr1)

Another good books are "Samurai" (Sakai) and the one by Hans Ulrich Rudel ("Stuka Pilot"? I only know the italian title to be "Il pilota di ferro".)

07-15-2010, 04:51 AM
Another vote for First Light. One of the best ever.
Loved, Terror in the Starboard Seat. Haven't seen a copy in thirty years though...

Blenheim Strike ~ Theo Boiten
Tumult in the Clouds ~ James Goodson
Lancaster Target ~ Jack Currie
Angels Twenty ~ Edward Park
Samurai ~ Saburo Sakai

07-15-2010, 05:07 AM

These threads really hurt my wallet!!!!

I've just ordered 5 new books...

07-15-2010, 05:36 AM
Originally posted by Feathered_IV:
Loved, Terror in the Starboard Seat. Haven't seen a copy in thirty years though...

Also known as Mosquito Intruder. New and used under both titles at Amazon.

07-15-2010, 05:58 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Double-f...lainen/dp/9525026043 (http://www.amazon.com/Double-fighter-knight-Ilmari-Juutilainen/dp/9525026043)

Eino Ilmari Juutilainen, Punalentäjien Kiusana (harassing the red pilots), translated to English, "Double Fighter Knight". If the translation is good, its an excellent book.

07-15-2010, 08:19 AM
"An Odyssey of a young fighter pilot" by Fred Nichol. He flew with 27th Fighter Squadron. Flew a lot of missions in the P-38. Highly decorated guy!

"Luftwaffe Fighter Aces" by Mike Spick. WWII tactics & stories

07-15-2010, 11:23 AM
MacArthur's Eagles by Lex McAulay
The U.S. Air War Over New Guinea, 1943-1944

......Very inexpensive, lots of personalized air combat stories, lots of hard to find stats in the appendix.....my advice to read a tad of it on google books then you decide.

Three Against Dagua (http://books.google.com/books?id=k69h2PytEG4C&pg=PA49&lpg=PA49&dq=three+against+dagua+macarthur's+eagles&source=bl&ots=XnVWne1AX5&sig=VyMAj6mjKSWxGiihHgNrclIzf5o&hl=en&ei=fkQ_TLHKHcyNnQfVrv2FBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBQQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false)


07-15-2010, 11:29 AM
Anyone else really fed up with this forum? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif


07-17-2010, 11:05 AM
Originally posted by LEBillfish:
Anyone else really fed up with this forum? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-mad.gif


Yes, almost completely.