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10-04-2004, 01:19 AM
What books do you folks rate as 'must reads' for anyone interested in the WW2 aerial conflict.

10-04-2004, 01:34 AM
I recommend "The Luftwaffe war diaries" by Cajus Bekker, an excellent read.

10-04-2004, 05:56 AM
Robert L. Shaw's book:
Fighter Combat - Tactics and Maneuvering.

Adolf Galland's books:

Battle of Britain
The First and the Last
Fighter General

Hanz Rudell's:

Stuka Pilot

Eric Hartman's:

The Blond Knight of Germany

Chuck Yeager's:

Yeager - An Autobiography

Pappy Boyington's:

Baa Baa Blacksheep

Pete Townsends:

Duel of Eagles

And I am sure there are zillions others. I have others as well, but I particularly enjoyed these.

10-04-2004, 06:12 AM
Wing Leader - Johnnie Johnson

The Big Show - Pierre Closterman

If you live in the US or Canada, you can buy them used from Barnes & Noble at greatly reduced prices. They will tell you condition and it is usually good. I picked up a brand new hard cover book (Wing Leader) for about $10.00 plus shipping.

10-04-2004, 10:15 AM
I Flew for the Fuhrer - By: Heinz Knoke

10-04-2004, 11:31 AM
"Fire In The Sky," by Eric Bergerud

It's about the air war in the Pacific. Very thorough. Highly readable. Organized by topic rather than one chronological story.


10-04-2004, 02:42 PM
Check out this thread lots of reading and viewing suggestions in there

10-04-2004, 02:49 PM
The Most dangerous Enemy by Stephan Bungay. Its an amazing no BS, told how it was, account of the battle of Britain

10-04-2004, 02:58 PM
Take yer pick:

Air Combat Mini Book Reviews (http://www.naysayers.com/9jg52/books.html)

10-04-2004, 03:01 PM
Second volume of Winston Churchill's History of the Second World War.

It is amazing to read how involved Churchill was with the minutae of hardware and strategy of air combat during the Battle of Britian.

Plus he's a fantasic writer.

10-04-2004, 07:32 PM
The Fort Worth Public Library had a huge book sale last weekend. I picked up "Swastika in the Gunsight" which is a translation of the diaries of the Russian ace Kaberov. Haven't read much yet but it gives a personal view of the war from the Russian perspective.

10-04-2004, 07:34 PM
ps: it was a steal for $1 http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

10-04-2004, 07:36 PM
"To War in a Stringbag," by Charles Lamb. Great book, as I just mentioned in the Swordfish post. Lamb covers a large part of the early Mediterranean conflict as scene from the perspective of a Stringbag pilot. It's well written and quite often funny.

10-04-2004, 07:56 PM
'The Fuhrer's Gold' by Mike R. Shinavier. Excellent book by an excellent writer.

Mike's Book on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1931195234/qid%3D1019751640/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F0%5F1/002-0061466-7426408)

'Stopped at Stalingrad' by Joel S. A. Hayward. Focuses mainly on the Luftwaffe and the battle in the east. A good read, and a great reference book for those unfamiliar with the intricate happenings on the eastern front. I highlyrecommend it

Joel's Book on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0700611460/qid=1096941272/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/002-0061466-7426408?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)

Happy reading http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


10-05-2004, 05:19 AM
"Aircraft versus Aircraft" by Norman Franks.


10-05-2004, 06:15 AM

Just a few of my most recent reads:

The Most Dangerous Enemy by Stephen Bungay. As someone else already said, a no-nonsense and relatviely spin free account of the Battle of Britain; the most important aerial conflict ever.

"I flew for the fuhrer" by Heinz Knocke. The diary of this fighter ace is both enlightening and interesting to read.

"Spitfire on my tail" by Ulrich Steinhilper. Not much air combat in here but some interesting accounts of some of the less publicised problems facing the LW during the BoB. Steinhilper was no ace but is credited with inventing the word processor after the war.

"Spitfire in combat" by Alfred Price. Confirms the mismatch between FW190A4 and Spit Vb in this game but otherwise filled with lots of good photos with some useful supporting information and lesser known facts about this bird although it's not in the same class as the 3 other books, IMO.


10-05-2004, 06:24 AM
If your interested in the American air war over Berlin then the book "Target Berlin" by Geoffrey Ethell is a must.

It details a single raid on Germany from the Pilots getting out of bed, to de-brief and the after effects of the battle. It gives eye witness accounts from both sides as well as civilian and details every casualty, when it occured, what happened to the crew etc.

Highly recommended and is in my most dog-eared collection :-)

10-05-2004, 10:30 AM
I'm reading "JG26 Top Guns of the Luftwaffe" Great read taken from accounts of the pilots. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0804110506/qid=1096993602/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-2055581-5232602?v=glance&s=books

Don't forget "To Fly and Fight: Memoirs of a Triple Ace" By Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson Excellent read Great guy my hardcover is signed by him at a airshow last year. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743479726/qid=1096993722/sr=2-3/ref=pd_ka_2_3/103-2055581-5232602

10-05-2004, 11:54 AM
I saw my 2 current favorites in the book reviews linked by Stiglr. Nice idea for a page on a personal site btw.

I tend to like the memiore type books over the technical...

1. Pierre Closterman has a new edition of The Big Show out now that includes some extra material not in the original edition. This book is an excellent read.

The Big Show @ amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0297846191/qid=1096998518/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/103-8310244-7794260?v=glance&s=books)

2. First Light by Geoffrey Wellum is a very well written first hand account of the Battle of Brittain. No superstar fighter pilot, but compelling story none the less.
First Light @ Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/047142627X/qid=1096998287/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_xs_ap_i1_xgl14/103-8310244-7794260?v=glance&s=books&n=507846)

(No, I don't work for amazon, but I do appreciate the reader reviews on that site. very helpful)