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05-22-2007, 05:08 AM
Just thought i'd start a thread in which we could put in some recommendations for decent ww2 books.
( if im to late my bad http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif )

Few to start off:
"The complete book of fighters"-William Green
^ Got every fighter known to man in there ( im sure) and relavant information on each and sweet cutaways.
Also includes 4000 illustrations and is 608 pages long.
Aircraft from the ACAZ C2 to the Zepplin Lindau D1 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

"Bombers of WW2" David Donald
As the name says got most of the major bombers in WW2 inc. some seaplanes and dive bombers, Also has nice cut aways of each a/c and plan views of each.
Nice addition also are the various paintschemes shown ( for you skinners ) and also tables which show you all the variants and additions to each.
Edit^ Does have various grammer errors

Thanks http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-22-2007, 05:43 AM
why it has to be only wwii if you ask me the best book ive ever read was the neverending story by michael ende

well at least he flies in an uber dragon

the story of a boy allmighty who forgets, sounds like the story of any human

05-22-2007, 06:44 AM
another good book is samurai by saburo sakai who was in my opinion the best pilot in the pacific he flew a damaged plane for four hours when he was paralzed on his left side an half blind after several bullets to the head.webzoom.freewebs.com/gregboyington/Skins/Ki-4...

05-22-2007, 07:13 AM
'The Mighty Eighth' by Roger A. Freeman.

05-22-2007, 07:18 AM
'They gave me a Seafire' by Commander R M Crosley.

This is an excellent book with some really interesting stuff in the Appendices. I'm going to try to do a thread about it, it has some eye opening stuff about lots of WW2 aviation related things which many here would find very interesting, including a very detailed section about the Franks suit.

05-22-2007, 07:26 AM
Try here:


I recently got the book by GŁnther Rall (signed by himself http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif).

There is also a new book comming that isn't yet listed on the website.

05-22-2007, 10:41 AM
I have always been very partial to contemporary or near contemporary accounts, which I think give you more of a feel for the times. Sometimes we forget just how different the whole world was back then, and I think these accounts help bring that out.

For the Anglophiles:

Enemy Coast Ahead, by Guy Gibson

The Last Enemy, by Richard Hillary (?-not positive about the name)

Fly For Your Life, Robert Stanford-Tuck's bio

Reach For the Sky: The Story of Douglas Bader, DSO, DFC. Speaks for itself.

For Yanks:

1000 Destroyed: The Life & Times of the 4th Fighter Group in World War II, by Grover C. Hall. A funny, irreverent look at a bunch of young guys fighting a war far from home. It caught my imagination when I was in my early teens, and it still reads just as well 35 years later. This is a MUST.

Zemke's Wolfpack, by Caiden & Zemke

The Jolly Rogers, by Tommy Blackburn

Baa Baa Black Sheep, by 'Pappy' Boyington

Of course, for the students of the Luftwaffe:

Rudel's Stuka Pilot

Galland's The First and the Last

Heinz Knoke's I Flew For the Fuhrer

are required reading.

Sakai's Samurai should also be added to the summer reading list.

Of course, the usual suspects are also informative, like the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces and Aviation Elite series.



05-22-2007, 10:58 AM
The affore mentioned Baa Baa Black Sheep is quite good, I highly recommend it.

Also, JG 26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe by Don Caldwell. Really in depth history of JG 26, I've read it quite a bit over the past few years.

There was a series of books by Ballentine Books that were published in the late 60's that are pretty cool. Each book covers a particular battle or plane. My dad has a few of them, I borrowed Kursk and ME-109, which was writen by Martin Caidin.

Dirty Little Secrets of World War II is a fun book. Great to just flip open and read a short paragraph. Lot's of interesting facts.

05-22-2007, 02:20 PM
I highly recommend Under The Wire by William Ash.
William Ash was a Texan who flew for the RCAF, after getting shot down he began his "unauthorised tour of occupied Europe".
He was a serial escape artist who was detained in the infamous Stalag Luft III camp. The one thing that I kept thinking throughout the book was of the genius and guts of those P.O.Ws, and the sheer courage of the resistance movements.
I won't say any more on the book because I don't want to give anything away.

05-22-2007, 02:38 PM
Originally posted by John_Wayne_:
'The Mighty /m/webzoom.freewebs.com/gregboyington/Skins/Ki-Eighth' by Roger A. Freeman.

05-22-2007, 03:01 PM


05-22-2007, 09:28 PM
Eighty Knots to Mach 2: Forty-five years in the Cockpit, Richard Linnekin. USN aviator Linnekin comments on flying the SNJ, F6F, F4U, F8F, F9F, F8U, and others.

R-2800: Pratt & Whitney's Dependable Masterpiece, Graham White

The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway, John Lundstrom

Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific, Eric M. Bergerud

05-22-2007, 09:44 PM
Based on advice given by my forum-mates here, I have been reading "An Ace of the Eighth" by Norman 'Bud' Fortier.

Amazon Link (http://www.amazon.com/Ace-Eighth-American-Fighter-Pilots/dp/0891418067/ref=sr_1_10/002-2597043-9932001?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1179891822&sr=8-10)

05-23-2007, 11:26 AM
This a great thread! I've read some of these but am still using it to compile a list of future books to get.

I highly recommend "Samurai!" by Martin Caidin.
Although, I hear that the story was "embellished" a lot. It's still a very good read.

I also enjoyed "Woodbine: Red Leader". The story of a fighter pilot who fought in Italy and Europe. He (reluctantly) transitioned from P-47s to P-51s. It contains good information about what life was like for an escort pilot.

I really loved, "The Jolly Rogers: The Story of Tom Blackburn and Navy Fighting Squadron Vf-17". by Tom Blackburn. Almost everyone has read "Baa Baa Blacksheep". But here's the story of a Navy pilot in the Corsair. Seems all fighter pilots are basically the same, hehehe.


Ruy Horta
05-23-2007, 11:37 AM
Originally posted by horseback:
Of course, for the students of the Luftwaffe:

Rudel's Stuka Pilot

Galland's The First and the Last

Heinz Knoke's I Flew For the Fuhrer

are required reading.


Your list has me a little surprised, don't you think it is a little for lack of a better word "shallow"?

No criticism intended.

05-24-2007, 04:51 AM
You also have the biographies of both Bud Anderson (To Fly & Fight--Memoirs of a Triple Ace)and Bob Stanford Tuck (Fly for Your Life), Alan Deere (Nine Lives) and the story of Charles Lamb (War in a stringbag) which are worth mentioning!

05-24-2007, 08:00 AM
Great Book (http://www.amazon.com/Boyd-Fighter-Pilot-Who-Changed/dp/0316881465)

05-24-2007, 09:15 AM
Originally posted by Ruy Horta:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by horseback:
Of course, for the students of the Luftwaffe:

Rudel's Stuka Pilot

Galland's The First and the Last

Heinz Knoke's I Flew For the Fuhrer

are required reading.


Your list has me a little surprised, don't you think it is a little for lack of a better word "shallow"?

No criticism intended. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>My theme for the post was 'personal experiences with a good feel for what it was actually like', Ruy. These are the best examples in English that I am aware of, and easily obtained.

A lot of the more scholarly recent publications may give more facts and figures, but they all feature a great deal of hindsight and reminiscince by now very old men. I recently finished Knoke's book, which is primarily a diary the Knoke kept at the time, and I was often surprised at how he interpreted historical events and the motives behind them.

We don't always appreciate how fully the German people were deceivedby their leaders, or the limitations of the technology of the times, and these sorts of books often make that clearer to the modern, cynical reader.



05-24-2007, 11:23 AM
My information liberary consist of :
Soviet combat aircraft wwii vol 1 singel engine
Soviet combat aircraft wwii vol 2 Twin engine
Janes fighting aircraft of wwii This i spesial and rer
American warplanes of wwii
British warplanes of wwii
Warplanes of the Luftwaffe
Black cross red star vol 2
Black cros red star vol 3

I can find the most I ned in them.
The only thing I miss is a simular book over Japans book.
Anybody knews a book with compleat lists over all japanes wwii planes ?