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tonywijaszko
02-12-2004, 12:07 PM
I read this book many years ago, I think the pilots name is spelt corrrectly, is anyone familiar, or have any links, if I remember correctly he was one of Germanys leading fighter pilots, it is his published war diary.

I am keen to get hold of copy any help or pointers would be appreciated.

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tonywijaszko
02-12-2004, 12:07 PM
I read this book many years ago, I think the pilots name is spelt corrrectly, is anyone familiar, or have any links, if I remember correctly he was one of Germanys leading fighter pilots, it is his published war diary.

I am keen to get hold of copy any help or pointers would be appreciated.

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RAF 307 Free Polish Night Fighter Squadron

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JorBR
02-12-2004, 12:16 PM
Very good book, available at Amazon.

Knoke was far from a great scorer, no more than 40 victories or so, but a good number of them were 4 engines bombers, which tells a lot about his abilities and courage.

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XyZspineZyX
02-12-2004, 12:24 PM
It's a "good" book, but not a great one. I'd sooner read Lipfert's book, or Steinhoff's book on Sicily.

BlindHuck
02-12-2004, 12:24 PM
Great book. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I like his stories of wrecking his first NEW plane (a G-6 - his mechanic cried) which includes a reference to feathering the prop and chasing down a PR Spitfire with motor maxed out and coolers closed (lucky he wasn't flying FB). http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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Xnomad
02-12-2004, 02:25 PM
It's alright I suppose but there isn't enough detail, for my liking, when it comes to the action, but unfortunatley that's the case with most German auto biographies from the Heer, Luftwaffe or Kriegsmarine.

I've been trying to get Lipferts book in German for about a year now but no luck. I lost a couple of bids on e-bay trying to get it too http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif So I gave up and went and ordered the English version 2 days ago, which incidentally is also becoming quite hard to find.

From what I have heard about this book I am surprised that it is out of print whereas the Knoke book is still going strong, and was just reprinted in paperback by Cassell in December.

Oh well, I prefer books in their original languages but I suppose this will have to do. I did get Galland's book in German (second hand though)and some of the language is really old fashioned it's great!

I forgot to add Knoke is 388th on the German ace list for WWII with 44 confirmed victories, he was famous for coming up with the idea of dropping bombs onto bomber formations. His Gruppe was reasonably successful with this until enemy fighter escorts appeared and made this practice a bit too risky.

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XyZspineZyX
02-12-2004, 03:25 PM
XNomad,

If you read German and really want a great story, may I suggest...

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Kampfflieger Zwischen Eismeer und Sahara by Peter Stahl. The ONLY book I've ever seen on flying the Ju-88. GREAT storytelling, wide scope, it's got it ALL!!!

Xnomad
02-12-2004, 04:01 PM
Great I haven't heard about that one, I'll put that on my "to buy" list too, I read some reviews about it and it sounds quite good.

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crazyivan1970
02-12-2004, 04:05 PM
It was exellent read. Interesting view on the western front airwar.

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XyZspineZyX
02-12-2004, 04:11 PM
I found it quite by accident, years ago in Munich. I was in the Deutsches Museum (very conveniently located directly across the street from my mother in law's flat!), and after drooling over the 109s, 262s, 163s and Fokker biplanes inside, we took a quick visit to the bookstore/curio shop. There it was. I'd never heard of it, but as I opened it and read a couple passages, I felt like I'd stumbled on a gold mine!

There's no other book even remotely like it, and the way it deals with Russia, Norway, the Mediterranean....wow.

hotspace
02-12-2004, 07:18 PM
I read it year's ago and it's an excellent Book, M8 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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johann63
02-12-2004, 09:12 PM
I loved the book too, fast read and easy but great. I wish we could use bombs in FB the way he experimented in real life; delay fuse exploding in the middle of a bomber box.

That guy was shot down I think 5 times and survived!

interesting stuff

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jttthomas
02-13-2004, 12:22 AM
yeah I read this a few weeks ago (bought it via ebay) - pretty good. Shame he got into that accident - I think he was going to join the 'Ace of Aces' squadron (JG52 or something). But then I guess if he had, we probably wouldn't be reading his biography! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif