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GH_Klingstroem
09-23-2009, 06:36 AM
I know this has been up before...'
But..
Im going on vacation to thailand for 3 weeks.
I need to pre order some good books for these loooooong days on the beach http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I very much like these self biography books like "the blond knight of germany" and "I flew for the führer" which I have both and they are great!!

Can you recommend any more good books like these?? Dosnt matter if its allied or axis but I like true stories and thoughts etc from guys that were actually there.
Not just a book with numbers and facts...
Anyway if u have some tips i would like to hear them!

Thx

Low_Flyer_MkIX
09-23-2009, 06:44 AM
I enjoyed this one about the Italian contribution to the BoB - a little different. Lots of interesting characters and eyewitness accounts.

Clicka me (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Chianti-Raiders-Extraordinary-Italian-Britain/dp/1861058292)

Manu-6S
09-23-2009, 06:45 AM
Originally posted by GH_Klingstroem:
I know this has been up before...'
But..
Im going on vacation to thailand for 3 weeks.
I need to pre order some good books for these loooooong days on the beach http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I very much like these self biography books like "the blond knight of germany" and "I flew for the führer" which I have both and they are great!!

Can you recommend any more good books like these?? Dosnt matter if its allied or axis but I like true stories and thoughts etc from guys that were actually there.
Not just a book with numbers and facts...
Anyway if u have some tips i would like to hear them!

Thx

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Jre0Tsx7L._SS500_.jpg

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spitfi...-Other/dp/1872836003 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spitfire-My-Tail-View-Other/dp/1872836003)

JG53Frankyboy
09-23-2009, 06:52 AM
wrong war , i know , but i got "proplems" with my wive during holidays http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif - i just wanted to read http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

"When thunder rolled"


http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-T...id=1253710294&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/When-Thunder-Rolled-F-105-Vietnam/dp/0891418547/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253710294&sr=8-1)

pwengland
09-23-2009, 07:00 AM
The war diary of Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert
One of my favorites

dglasal
09-23-2009, 08:27 AM
Two recommendations:

Gunther Rall A Memoir, (The Authorized Biography) by Jill Amadio. Easy read, small hand carry size

Ace Eagle - Hasse Wind, by Seppo Porvali. Wartime exploits of Finnish Ace. Easy read but the size of the book is larger.

For travel, especially to Thailand where the humidity will have an affect on the book, a smaller book is easier to carrier and less likely to be damaged (humidity aside). As my wife says, size does matter.

Glykol02
09-23-2009, 10:58 AM
"To Fly and Fight for - Memoirs of a Triple Ace" by Clarence "Bud" Anderson is a good read, war and post war stories (testflying after the war):

http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Figh...e/dp/0935553347#noop (http://www.amazon.com/Fly-Fight-Memoirs-Triple-Ace/dp/0935553347#noop)

"Test Pilot" by Neville Duke is also not bad, similar time line as Bud Anderson. Beginning in the BoB, than fighting in North Africa, … later on he was testpilot at Hawker in the UK (Hunter).


Another classic read is "Wing Leader" by James Johnson, witch is the only one of him that I know. He wrote more than that one, btw:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...Johnson_(RAF_officer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Johnson_(RAF_officer))


TwentynineSix Publications are in general a very good buy. The one by Günther Rall is available in English and may be a alternative to "A Memoir" by Jill Amadio.
http://www.neunundzwanzigsechs.de/main.php?lang=en

Julius Meimbers "Feindberührung" is IMHO the very best one out of that publishing house, but no English translation yet. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

Waldo.Pepper
09-23-2009, 11:41 AM
Chianti Raiders was rather good. The writing was a tad colourful but still terrific. Spitfire on my tail excellent as well.

Dumb but Lucky is my favorite for P-51.
Carrier Pilot by Hanson (Corsair pilot in the Pacific with the Carrier Invincible) is a fav.
Flights of Passage (USN Avenger pilot) is quite eye opening, and well written. (The Author became a professor of English in the US afterward).

Can't go wrong with any of them

thegowars
09-23-2009, 11:57 AM
Mustang Pilot by Richard E Turner is an absolute favourite of mine as is Nine Lives by Al Deere both of which you can get as neat paperbacks. I really enjoyed Night Fighter by Rawnsley and Wright, both of whom were AI operators for John Cunningham, but it may be hard to get in the mood for thaton a sunny beach......

major_setback
09-23-2009, 12:01 PM
The best book. I think I'll quote myself :-)


'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.

See here :

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/foru...forum_scope=23110283 (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums?a=search&reqWords=first+light&use_forum_scope=on&forum_scope=23110283)



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Manu-6S
09-23-2009, 12:10 PM
I hate this thread... I would like to buy them all!!!

But, above all, I would have the time to read them too!!!

Waldo.Pepper
09-23-2009, 12:39 PM
I am lucky as my public library is excellent. They will inter-library loan a book from most anywhere for fifty cents. All I need to do is give them some details. Wait a few weeks and hand over fifty cents. I find something interesting on google books and away I go.

horseback
09-23-2009, 01:00 PM
Try to find Richard Hillary's The Last Enemy. It's a well written account of a Spitfire pilot's life during the early prewar period past the BoB.

Moving and revealing.

cheers

horseback

Phas3e
09-23-2009, 01:04 PM
A good number of the New Zealand pilots books are a good read, as they often serve in multiple theaters.

Spitfire Leader, Evan Mackie - flew over Spitfires over europe then Africa and Sicily, and later Tempests over Europe again.

North Africa to Arakan, Alan Pert - Flew with Mackie but went onto flying Spitfires in Burma.

Spitfire Patrol - Colin Grey - BoF, BoB, North Africa and Sicily.

I would stay away from the German pilot book 'Heaven next stop' its a fictional account from an ex fighter pilot passed off but the english publishers as a memoir, which stuck with many.

GH_Klingstroem
09-23-2009, 01:26 PM
lots of good tips here!!
Thanks alot guys!!!

Nooble_savage
09-23-2009, 01:39 PM
First Light, as mentioned already, is a must-read. But hasn't everyone read it already? I read that one, no, I devoured it, on the beach. In Thailand.

Another classic is Pierre Clostermann's 'The Big Show'. A French volunteer and ace in Spits and Tempests in the ETO. Everyone has probably read it too.

Then there are others. I have seen 'Thunderbolt!' by Robert S Johnson quoted so many times, but it was out of print for a long time so I never got the chance to read it. Now there is an issue, I just noticed! Gotta get it myself. As a fellow Swede(?) I note that you can't get it through AdLibris yet but there's always Amazon.

'An Ace of the Eigth' by Norman J Fortier is a quite entertaining diary of basically each and every of his missions in P-47's and P-51's in the ETO. 'Woodbine Red Leader' by George Loving is a similar book, more P-51 action, but in the MTO. I like the former better but probably just due to the personalities of the authors more than anything. 'Mustang Ace' by Robert J Goebel, like Thunderbolt!, has been out of print like forever and that's a shame because it always seemed like THE P-51 memoir.

And there are more classic titles still out of print http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif Saburo Sakai's 'Samurai!' and Adolf Gallands 'The First and the Last' spring to mind.

All books mentioned are autobiographies (except Sakai's which is based on interviews with him). If it ain't auto, it ain't worth reading, if you ask me.

Thanks for all the Jerry tips above btw! Those memoirs are harder to come by... for some reason...

DKoor
09-23-2009, 01:54 PM
I really recommend this book to any WW1 enthusiast... British and Empire Aces of World War 1.

http://cgi.ebay.com/British-an...ksid=p3286.m63.l1177 (http://cgi.ebay.com/British-and-Empire-Aces-of-World-War-I-Shores-Christ_W0QQitemZ320425576853QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_ Books_NonFictionBooks_NonFictionBooks_SM?hash=item 4a9ada4995&_trksid=p3286.m63.l1177)

http://www.ospreypublishing.com/images/books/covers/mainpageimages/9781841763774-th2.jpg

It's all on one place http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif , one of the best books in this Osprey series http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif.

rr9
09-23-2009, 02:06 PM
Fw-190 pilot's experiences from east front:

http://www.amazon.com/Luftwaff...id=1253736170&sr=8-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Luftwaffe-Fighter-Ace-Norbert-Hannig/dp/1904010946/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1253736170&sr=8-1)

Dadio2009
09-23-2009, 02:22 PM
I've been voraciously reading this past summer here's my top 5 list (culled from about 20 books read) in my order:

- BaBa BlackSheep - by you guessed it - Pappy Boyington (VERY RAW VERY PERSONAL, unpolished and BUT VERY EXCELLENT!!!)

- Duel of Eagles: The Struggle for the Skies from the First World War to the Battle of Britain by Peter Townsend (excellent, deep accounts of BOB)

- Old Man in a Baseball Cap: A Memoir of World War II (Paperback) by Fred Rochlin (wow! blew my mind)

- Flyboys: A True Story of Courage by James Bradley (gruesome)

- The Few - Story of 8 Americans figthing in BOB, by Alex Kershaw

just my 2c..

BigKahuna_GS
09-23-2009, 03:12 PM
S!

R.S. Johnson his book <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">"Thunderbolt"</span>
Chronicles his life during WWII. Johnson is one my favorite USAAF WWII aces. Johnson took a fighter that the Brits laughed at as too big and faced the Luftwaffe at the height of their power on the Western Front. The book also chronicles updates, improvements, and how the 56th FG crew chiefs modified P47's during the war.


Hub Zemke, and Freeman, Roger. (1989) <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Zemke's Wolf Pack: The Story of Hub Zemke and the 56th Fighter Group in the Skies over Europe</span>. Crown. ISBN 978-0517079423

Hess, William N. (1992) <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Zemke's Wolfpack: The 56th Fighter Group in World War II</span>. ISBN 0-87938-622-3

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">"To Fly & Fight" </span> by Col. Bud Anderson, <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">"Mustang Ace"</span> by Robert Gobel. Both are good reads. I had the pleasure of eating dinner with these gentleman. Gobel looks much younger than his age, his lives in S.California (Torrance). Bud lives in N.California (Auburn).

An oldie but a goodie...."Ba Ba Black Sheep" loved Boyington's book. Flying the Corsair up the slot in WW2.


Günther Rall: <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">"A Memoir" </span>
Good Read, covers his war years and beyond.

<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">"Green Hearts"</span> JG26 flying the 190D-9 Dora during the waning days of WW2.
Their role in "Operation Bodenplatte", covering Me262 bases, and fighter sweeps.

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major_setback
09-23-2009, 03:15 PM
'Fighter Boys (saving britain 1940)' by Patrick Bishop.

This was a top ten bestseller in the UK.

- He tells about the people who made it as pilots, where they came from, how they dealt with their situation, and the special relationships between them.

I don't think a better book describes the spirit of those that flew in that battle.

I really liked this book. It is never boring; not for a second.

virgule88
09-23-2009, 04:38 PM
How about a A6M pilot testimony?

Samurai by Saburo Sakai.

WTE_Galway
09-23-2009, 04:58 PM
http://www.abfar.co.uk/_images/32946.jpg

http://www.militaryarchiveresearch.com/images/Books/PanzerLeader.jpg

R_Target
09-23-2009, 05:28 PM
Another vote for Norman Hanson's Carrier Pilot. Plus....

Genda's Blade by Henry Sakaida and Koji Takaki

Wings on My Sleeve by Capt. Eric Brown

The Jolly Rogers by Tom Blackburn

Wespe1943
09-24-2009, 11:22 AM
While although it is not a biography, if you can get your hands on a copy of "Delivered From Evil, the Saga of WW II" by Robert Lecky, I promise you will not be disappointed. It is one of the best books I have read. The author has a wonderful way of really "putting you there".

Sharpe26
09-24-2009, 03:32 PM
Paul Richey: Fighter pilot. The author recounts some of the misadventures he had in France during the Blitzkrieg.

TS_Sancho
09-24-2009, 04:13 PM
A couple of common must reads on the lines of The Blonde Knight..

Johnnie Johnson "A Full Circle"
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Full-C...rbacks/dp/0304358606 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Full-Circle-Fighting-Military-Paperbacks/dp/0304358606)

Adolf Galland "The First and the Last"
http://www.aviapedia.com/store...t-adolf-galland-book (http://www.aviapedia.com/store/the-first-and-the-last-adolf-galland-book)

I also highly recomend Greg Boyingtons "Baa Baa Blacksheep", you'll have a whole new repect for who Pappy really was.

Have fun on holiday!

stalkervision
09-24-2009, 04:18 PM
"Iron coffins"

http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Cof...dp/030681160X#reader (http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Coffins-Personal-Account-Battles/dp/030681160X#reader)


http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51S1S3HS1QL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_.jpg

Better the "Blond Knight Of Germany" even..! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

I have both.