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Maverick3721
08-02-2005, 01:45 AM
I'm looking for a book with a whole bunch of info on WWII aircraft. I'm sure some of u have some ideas, and would appreciate it if u shared them thanks.

Mav

Maverick3721
08-02-2005, 01:45 AM
I'm looking for a book with a whole bunch of info on WWII aircraft. I'm sure some of u have some ideas, and would appreciate it if u shared them thanks.

Mav

Luftwaffe_109
08-02-2005, 03:18 AM
Black Cross/Red Star
by Christer Bergstrom, Andrey Mikhailov

Pretty much the book on the air war in the east.

Best Regards

dieg777
08-02-2005, 05:06 AM
there are book reviews here so check if anything listed is what you are looking for

http://www.airwarfare.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=26&sid...2e5e4af270c4c934b2a1 (http://www.airwarfare.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=26&sid=b2af89bb348a2e5e4af270c4c93 4b2a1)

ploughman
08-02-2005, 06:02 AM
Try the Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. It hasn't got a thing to do with aviation but it's one of the best reads available on the planet and you'll thank me, you will.

LEXX_Luthor
08-02-2005, 06:26 AM
A Radar History of World War 2, by Louis Brown. Instutute of Physics Publishing, 1999. 563 pages including Name Index and Subject Index, which is important as more and more "cheap" books now come with no Indexes so you can't find anything in their books.

Its not about aircraft exactly, but it has much detail about the most important air warfare developments in Western and Pacific theaters -- aircraft radar and surface radar controlled interception.

Capt_Haddock
08-02-2005, 04:31 PM
Stick and Rudder, and explanation of the art of flying, Wolfgang Langewiesche, 1944.

All you need to know about how to properly fly WWII aeroplanes. Specially useful after the 4.01 patch.

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Tater-SW-
08-02-2005, 04:46 PM
Warpath Across the Pacific. Awesome book about the 345th BG in the SWPA.

Both "First Team" books by Lundstrom.

Anything by Richard Frank.

tater

Low_Flyer_MkII
08-02-2005, 04:48 PM
I take it you want lots of pictures and interesting text?

The Mighty Eighth by Roger A. Freeman,
Butcher Birds by Edward Shacklady,
The Spitfire Story by Alfred Price,
Aircraft Of The Aces - Legends of World War 2 by Iain Wyllie & Tony Holmes (Osprey books - very nice artwork),
Messerschmitt Aces by Walter A. Musciano,
British Warplanes of World War II edited by Daniel J. March (Grange books edition).

Ploughman's right about Patrick O'Brian too.

han freak solo
08-02-2005, 04:58 PM
I just finished reading "The Blond Knight of Germany" about Erich Hartmann's life.

An old book, but a pretty good read. It covers his days from childhood, the Luftwaffe, as a POW, and his days with the German Air Force. It has some basic info on some of the aircraft he faced, too.

It can be found in second hand book shops such as http://www.halfpricebooks.com/.

For general histories, specs, and photos/paintings. The series by David Mondey is pretty good.

"American Aircraft of World War II"

"Axis Aircraft of World War II"

"British Aircraft of World War II"

Sorry to say, he doesn't seem to have a book covering the Soviet aircraft of the same period.

Maverick3721
08-02-2005, 10:09 PM
Thanks for all the books, i've looked up a couple of them and they look promising.

Thanks again,
Mav

ytareh
08-03-2005, 07:25 AM
Luftwaffe109 might have mentioned that Black Cross Red Star comes in two volumes covering the early and later years of the airwar on the eastern front.Naturally youd want to pick up both or start with Volume 1.....Dont bother trying.... like goldplated hens teeth ...go for serious 3 figure sums in rare book shops/sites.($700+ rings a bell!)The author visits here from time to time.Any plans for Volume one reprint?

KRISTORF
08-03-2005, 08:17 AM
Spitfire Leader by Max Avery and Christopher Shores.

The biography of Wing Commander Evan 'Rosie' MacKie, DSO, DFC and bar, DFC (US). Top scoring RNZAF fighter pilot.
Published by Grub Street.

Saunders1953
09-15-2005, 08:07 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Luftwaffe109 might have mentioned that Black Cross Red Star comes in two volumes covering the early and later years of the airwar on the eastern front.Naturally youd want to pick up both or start with Volume 1.....Dont bother trying.... like goldplated hens teeth ...go for serious 3 figure sums in rare book shops/sites.($700+ rings a bell!)The author visits here from time to time.Any plans for Volume one reprint? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Anyone have any news on Volume 1 Reprint? Thanks.

trumper
09-15-2005, 09:10 AM
Fiction,Piece of Cake by Derek Robinson
Biographical-Big Show by Pierre Closterman

WOLFMondo
09-15-2005, 09:33 AM
IMHO the Big Show is the best of the lot. It really shows how close the airwar really was even during the last days of the war in Europe.

Alfred Price's Spitfire story is also good. I do want to read Butcher Birds next though.

Stigler_9_JG52
09-15-2005, 10:00 AM
a good book? I'll go you dozens better...

I can suggest many good books (http://www.naysayers.com/9jg52/books.html).

Have to concur on Clostermann's classic; that book kept my interest and I'm not even a Spit fan http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

dazza9806482
09-15-2005, 10:05 AM
Yup totally agree..

just finished 'The Big Show' and it was fantastic, i finished it in about 3 days.

full of humour and warmth too, in addition to the vivid and tension packed descriptions of combat.

black cross red star looks good. only 483 for the first volume on Amazon!

dazza9806482
09-15-2005, 10:08 AM
Any good books on Nowotny?

Pierre devotes a small chapter to him and he sounds a fascinating character

Chuck_Older
09-15-2005, 10:18 AM
A man named david Mondey did some books on WWII aircraft. Reference, not stories, but take his info with a grain of salt; he got some things confused

I like this book better overall: Complete Book of Fighters
http://www.chrysalisbooks.co.uk/book/1840652691

ImpStarDuece
09-15-2005, 08:08 PM
The Narrow Margin by Derek Wood and Derek Dempster.

THE book to read if you want to know anything about the battle of Britain, its lead up, course and eventual outcome. It has a day-by-bay description of the battle, detailed appendices, an overview of every plane that flew in the battle and is the only Battle of Britain book with a foward written by Dowding himself. I can't recommend it highly enough.

LeadSpitter_
09-15-2005, 10:48 PM
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