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08-01-2011, 01:31 PM
having read "the big show" and "fighter boys" and "bomber boys" I am interested in reading more books by actual pilots. Which are the best ones that you guys would recommend?

08-01-2011, 02:06 PM
I am just now reading Fly For Your Life, the story of Stanford Tuck!

Bloody excellent read so far.


I'm also in touch with someone writing a script based on the book, to be made into a film eventually. Exciting! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

For a completely different perspective, try Combat Crew by John Comer.


Very interesting, albeit brief read.

Ooh, almost forgot to add one called Night Fighter by C.F. Rawnsley and Robert Wright. It was gifted to me by a member of this forum, and is an excellent insight into the technology and methods used to intercept night raiders.


Thanks to ytareh!

08-01-2011, 02:47 PM
Winged Victory by V.M. Yeates.
WWI, Camel pilot.

08-01-2011, 10:58 PM
One I picked up recently was 'Boldness Be My Friend' by Richard Pape.
It details his attempts at escaping from occupied Europe after being shot down.

08-02-2011, 05:24 AM
I picked this up in a bargain bin a few weeks back, seems pretty good so far:


08-02-2011, 08:07 AM
'I flew for the Fuhrer' By Heinz Knoke, to get a perspective from the other side.

08-02-2011, 01:24 PM
"Tumult in the Clouds" by 4th FG ace Jim Goodson isn't too bad, but if you want a well told version of that group's story, find "1000 Destroyed: the Life and Times of the 4th Fighter Group in World War Two", by the group's Information Officer (can't remember his name right now). It is funny and poignant, and captures the feel of a bunch of American twenty-something guys fighting a dangerous war in a foreign country in the 1940s.

It's out of print, but I'm told that it can still be found in .pdf form online.



08-02-2011, 01:44 PM

08-02-2011, 04:53 PM
Also for Eastern Front, the "Black Cross Red Star" series gets good raves, though these books are not specifically by or about any one particular pilot.

08-02-2011, 10:48 PM
Originally posted by Metatron_123:
'I flew for the Fuhrer' By Heinz Knoke, to get a perspective from the other side.

I'm playing the campaign based around that book right now, so I'll just tick this one off as "read" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

08-04-2011, 01:14 AM
Well, I would of course recommend a book about 303 squadron written by Arkady Fiedler:
And a book of japan ace Saburo Sakai:
So you surely won't run out of books about pilots. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

08-07-2011, 09:01 AM
that's great guys thanks for the suggestions. i'll trawl amazon and elsewhere.

08-09-2011, 06:14 AM
Originally posted by Metatron_123:
'I flew for the Fuhrer' By Heinz Knoke, to get a perspective from the other side.

An excellent read.. You might also try
Attack of the Aircobras by Dimitri Loza
Yeager by Chuck Yeager
Redtails Black Wings by John Holloway
Woodbine Red Leader by George Loving
The Mighty Eigth by Gerasld Astor
JG26 : Top Guns of the Luftwaffe by Donald Caldwell
Black Knights Lynn Homan

08-27-2011, 05:29 PM
I have just read "Stalingrad" by Anthony Beevor


and have almost finished "Berlin: The downfall 1945"


Both are excellent but for me "Berlin" has the edge. I knew the Russians went berserk as they stormed across Europe and that Hitler and his cronies were bonkers but JEEZ! I wasn't even close to accurate. "Total insanity" is the best description of the war on the Eastern Front.

Stalin was equally as psychopathic as Hitler. Luckily he was the allies psychopath.

And thank God for Hitler's constant incompetent strategic interference. He did more for the allied war effort than anyone else. What a complete f***ing buffoon.

Both books highly recommended.

08-27-2011, 06:19 PM
"Reach for the Sky" is fairly good. It's about Douglas Bader.

08-27-2011, 07:03 PM
antony beevor stalingrad for sure. i liked it better than his berlin book.

for the pto check out samurai, based on saburo sakai's notes.

08-27-2011, 08:39 PM
Originally posted by bun-bun195333:
"Reach for the Sky" is fairly good. It's about Douglas Bader.
I also have enjoyed this one, but detractors of the book are right in suggesting that it smacks of hero worship on the part of the author / biographer.

08-27-2011, 10:19 PM
"Flight to Arras" by de Saint Exupery is really good, as are most of his works.

08-28-2011, 02:42 PM
Pretty much anything Capt Eric Brown wrote is an interesting read.

08-29-2011, 12:06 AM
I think The Most Dangerous Enemy (http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Enemy-Illustrated-History/dp/0760339368) by Stephen Bungay deserves a nod.
As well as,The First and the Last (http://www.amazon.com/First-Last-Adolph-Galland/dp/0553117092/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314597354&sr=1-1) by Adolph Galland,Gunther Rall:A Memoir (http://www.amazon.com/G%C3%BCnther-Rall-Memoir-Jill-Amadio/dp/0971553300/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314597555&sr=1-1) by Jill Amadio,and SKY MY KINGDOM, THE: Memoirs of the Famous German World War II Test Pilot (http://www.amazon.com/SKY-MY-KINGDOM-Memoirs-Famous/dp/1932033971/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1314598164&sr=1-1) by Hannah Reitsch are also interesting choices.