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BirdieNum-nums
03-01-2006, 06:52 AM
Mornin'.

I'm looking for some suggestions on the best all-time books surrounding aviation in general, aircraft, and WW2. It doesn't need to be military flight, it can be civilian, but it has to be captivating. I'm heading to Chapters after work to buy two books on said topic and I'm interested in your suggestions.

Thanks in advance!!

Cheers,
Birdie Num-nums

BirdieNum-nums
03-01-2006, 06:52 AM
Mornin'.

I'm looking for some suggestions on the best all-time books surrounding aviation in general, aircraft, and WW2. It doesn't need to be military flight, it can be civilian, but it has to be captivating. I'm heading to Chapters after work to buy two books on said topic and I'm interested in your suggestions.

Thanks in advance!!

Cheers,
Birdie Num-nums

BirdieNum-nums
03-01-2006, 09:42 AM
Awww geez, no suggestions yet? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif It's almost lunchtime already. I know I've seen some posts about good books but I can't find them anymore. Any thoughs on good aviation books, guys? Huh? Pretty pleaaaaase???

LUFT11_Hoflich
03-01-2006, 09:51 AM
Luftwaffe Fighter Aces by mickael spick.

A nice book-let.

Ricght now I'm reading The luftwaffe war diaries. Very interesting stuff I didn't know.

H¶f...

shotdownski
03-01-2006, 12:10 PM
For well-balanced, first hand accounts of the WW II airwar, I highly recommend these:

"First Light" by Geoffrey Wellum (Spit pilot)
"The Wrong Stuff" by Truman Smith (B-17 pilot)
"Luftwaffe Fighter Ace" by Norbert Hannig (Fw-190 pilot)
"Terror in the Starboard Seat" by Dave McIntosh (Mossie "alligator")
"Nanette: Her Pilot's Love Story" by Edwards Park (P-39 pilot)
"The Big Show" by Pierre Clostermann (Spit and Tempest pilot)

Slickun
03-01-2006, 12:23 PM
"One Day In A Long War" by Ethell and Price.

Chronicles the one day in the VN War that had the most aerial combat. The men, the tactics, the planes, including a riveting account of Cunningham's epic dogfight with an unknown North Viet-Namese pilot in a MiG-17.

Simply the best book on aerial combat I've ever read, and I've read a lot.

Ethell and Price also wrote volumes on the Air War in the Falklands war, "Air War, South Atlantic", and an account of the second B-17 mission over Berlin. ALMOST as good.

BTW, "Luftwaffe Aces" by Spick is a dandy as well.

BirdieNum-nums
03-01-2006, 12:24 PM
Thanks guys, I'll add these to my list and research the ones I'll most likely buy.

Cheers,
Birdie Num-nums

flakwagen
03-01-2006, 12:29 PM
Stuka Pilot by Hans U. Rudel

TgD Thunderbolt56
03-01-2006, 12:32 PM
Wild Blue Stephen Ambrose

Thunderbolt Robert S. Johnson/Mark Caidin

Samurai Saburo Sakai

Fighter Pilot Paul Ritchey

I flew For the Fuhrer Heinz Knoke

Just to name a few...

Low_Flyer_MkVb
03-01-2006, 12:40 PM
Off the top of my head...

Fighter Boys - Patrick Bishop
The Mighty Eighth - Roger A. Freeman
Wings of War - Laddie Lucas
Winged Victory Laddie Lucas & Johnnie Johnson
Bomber Command - Max Hastings
The Hardest Victory - Denis Richards
The Spitfire Story - Dr Alfred Price
Spitfire at War volumes 1 & 2 - Dr Alfred Price
Butcher Bird; the FW190 - Edward Shacklady
Fighter - Len Deighton
Bomber - Len Deighton (fiction)
and of course, Whirlwind - Victor Bingham.

Looking at TgD Thunderbolt56's post above, I'd have to recommend 'Fighter Pilot', too. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

dieg777
03-01-2006, 01:22 PM
http://www.airwarfare.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=26&sid...fc0ee3b6636b84de7e0b (http://www.airwarfare.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=26&sid=39272aa74e69fc0ee3b6636b84de7e0b)

has reviews of many books

hope you find something useful in there

Viper2005_
03-01-2006, 01:27 PM
SEA HARRIER OVER THE FALKLANDS
by
Commander "Sharkey" Ward, DSC, AFC, RN

ISBN 0 85052 305 2

He scored 3 kills in the conflict.

He was rated as an Air Warfare Instructor in the Fleet Air Arm in the days of the F-4 Phantom. He describes the course as making Top Gun look like a holiday. I think that his record against "the best of the best" is quite instructive in this regard...

In 1v1 fights with the Aggressors in their F-5Es he scored 12:1.

Some F-15 pilots heard about this, and decided to take him on.

In a pairs engagement, in which the Sea Harriers didn't use radar, and in which the F-15s used AIM-7Es, he was able to attain a 7:1 kill ratio for his pair.

At the end of the book he gives "A Layman's Guide to Fighter Combat". It's well worth reading; he knows his stuff!

pwengland
03-01-2006, 02:46 PM
The war diary of Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert
(eastern front 109 pilot)
Jungle Ace by John Bruning
(about Gerald Johnson, pacific P38 pilot)
Fate is the Hunter by Ernest Gann
(early civil aviation but a good read)

ImpStarDuece
03-01-2006, 02:58 PM
One of the better general reference books is

"The Encyclopedia of Aircraft of WWII" with Paul Eden as general editor. It doesn't cover everything, and being British is typically Eurocentric, but has some excellent material, photos and profiles on the more famous aircraft of WW2.

djetz
03-01-2006, 04:16 PM
War in a Stringbag by Charles Lamb.
At Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/030435841X/sr=8-1/qid=1141254823/ref=sr_1_1/103-1719001-9505463?%5Fencoding=UTF8)

Best WW2 aviation book I've read.

Targ
03-01-2006, 08:15 PM
Black cross/Red star series
The thousand mile war

redfeathers1948
03-01-2006, 09:03 PM
Warpath Across the Pacific by Lawrence J Hickey

Feathered_IV
03-02-2006, 05:54 AM
Hurricanes Over Singapore by Brian Cull. Great stuff http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

CzechTexan
03-02-2006, 06:44 AM
Sharks Over China...
about the U.S. 23rd Fighter Group in China (replacing the Flying Tigers). Describes all the missions and action that took place from the time of the Flying Tigers until the end of the war in China. Great ideas for using the FMB and creating missions. Sure would be nice to have a China map http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/353.gif

Another book is CARRIER PILOT...
about a British Royal Navy pilot flying Corsairs in the Pacific. Interesting stuff from a part of the war that seemed forgotten until this sim came along http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

BirdieNum-nums
03-02-2006, 10:59 AM
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You guys are the best. Thanks!

Cheers,
Birdie Num-nums