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biltongbru
08-26-2008, 06:14 AM
Want to know if someone can recommend a good book(s) of a personal account on the last months of the war seen from a German fighter pilot. Must have been a real pressing experience flying against the overwhelming hordes of the Allied Air Forces, with inexperienced replacements and an unlimited tour of duty. I am doing some home work for a new movie and will appreciate your input!

biltongbru
08-26-2008, 06:14 AM
Want to know if someone can recommend a good book(s) of a personal account on the last months of the war seen from a German fighter pilot. Must have been a real pressing experience flying against the overwhelming hordes of the Allied Air Forces, with inexperienced replacements and an unlimited tour of duty. I am doing some home work for a new movie and will appreciate your input!

Janus1980
08-26-2008, 06:56 AM
I don't know the title in English , but i've read extracts of a book written by Günther Rall (and J.Amadio) that is really interesting and well written , i would advise you to search for this book , it must have been translated into English (or maybe it was even the original in English ) and i doubt he wrote many of them , cheers http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

TX-Gunslinger
08-26-2008, 08:03 AM
Here's my recommendations, don't have time to pull the books out right now

Donald Caldwells "Top Guns of the Luftwaffe/JG26" - last chapters record multiple experiences of "regular" JG26 combat pilots - havy on the hopelessness....

Helmut Lipferts Combat Diary

Willie Reschke's JG301/302 (expensive)

Norbert Hannig's Biography (JG54)

Sorry don't have more time.

S~

Gunny

general_kalle
08-26-2008, 08:10 AM
Adolf Gallands the First and the last.
well its about the whole war but there is also some good descriptions about the late war pressure and his special equipped with all the best planes, and the Me262 and his personal experience as a test pilot on one of the first 262's.

yea i can reccomend that.

JG53Frankyboy
08-26-2008, 08:17 AM
when the english edition is avialable, Meimberg's "Feindberührung"
http://twentyninesix.com/main.php?lang=en

JSG72
08-26-2008, 12:12 PM
"Green Hearts" First in combat with the Dora 9.
By Axle Urbanke.
Comes Highly recommended.

Also the JG300 War Diaries Vols 1+2 by Lorant/Goyat.

Both these titles are very detailed day by day accounts of the Air war. From 1943-45.
With everything you specify.

Although expensive. I would definetly consider them over Particular "Aces" memoirs

La7_brook
08-26-2008, 02:04 PM
JG26 war diarys one & two by Donald Caldwell http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

biltongbru
08-26-2008, 11:01 PM
Thanks all you guys for the input; got some nice reading to do now!

Ollivaan
08-27-2008, 03:18 AM
You forgot to mention Heinz Knoke's "I Flew for the Führer"

Xiolablu3
08-27-2008, 03:27 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ollivaan:
You forgot to mention Heinz Knoke's "I Flew for the Führer" </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

This book really conveys the melancholy of final defeat the best from the books I have read. In late 1944, Knockes squadron consists of 4 unsafe to fly Bf109's, most of his experienced men have been killed, but his boss forces him to get every plane in the air.

I really got a feeling of the chaos of Christmas 1944 in the Luftwaffe from his book.

mhuxt
08-27-2008, 03:56 AM
Knocke didn't fly past October '44 in any case.

Xiolablu3
08-27-2008, 04:24 AM
Yeah but he talks in length about the chaos in Germany as after is wounded (in OCt 1944) around Christmas time 1944.

At least thats what I remember, the book gets really sad near the end. I have lent it to a friend so I cannot reference it now.

mhuxt
08-27-2008, 04:32 AM
Hmmm.

Shocked, shocked I tell you, to hear of atrocities. This was simply not correct national socialism.

biltongbru
10-19-2008, 11:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ollivaan:
You forgot to mention Heinz Knoke's "I Flew for the Führer" </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I ordered the Knocke book with Amazon, landed at my home in S Africa within 10 days from UK, STUNNING book, thanks Ollivaan for the recommendation!!