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TeufelHund84
05-05-2006, 07:31 PM
Anyone have any good reading recommendations related to ww2 combat pilots? I hear Stuka Pilot by Rudel is pretty interesting, just wondering if there were others I should pick up?

danjama
05-05-2006, 08:36 PM
The Big Show by Pierre Clostermann and Thunderbolt! by Johnson are two that i enjoyed.

Also you should read Fighter Boys by Patrick Bishop and there is one more that i cant remember right now, a compilation of stories from all fronts and all periods, especially good for Pacific accounts and BoB accounts, i really wish i could remember the name http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

If your into non-fiction, i can also recommend The Burning Blue by James Holland whish is amazing, and also Under an English Heaven.

Edit: i would just like to add Wild Blue by Ambrose, which is pretty good, and First Light. Also Into the Blue i think it is called, or Spirit of the Blue, something like that!

Ill try and dig up the name of that compilation....

Tooz_69GIAP
05-05-2006, 09:54 PM
These are the ones I have:

I Flew For The Fuhrer by Heinz Knocke - it's nicely written, and very concise and to the point. I enjoyed this one.

Warburton's War by Tony Spooner, DSO DFC - to be honest, it's badly written, and stumbles along, but just reading of Warburton's exploits makes up for it!

Sigh For A Merlin by Alex Henshaw - again, pretty well written, and concise. An enjoyable read.

The Big Show by Pierre Clostermann - a must read for all Tempest enthusiasts. I have the latest edition which is unabridged having had a lot of new material added, and a new introduction by Clostermann. A very good read.

Tail Gunner by Chan Chandler, DFC - another memoir which skips along nicely, I enjoyed it.

Malta Spitfire by George Beurling & Leslie Roberts - well, Beurling was a bit crazy I'd say, but his demeanour and charm is evident in this memoir.

Red Star Against The Swastika by Vasiliy B. Emelianenko - I really enjoyed this one. Gives a great insight into flying the IL-2 through the war. Well written I thought (although a few mistakes in translation and a few typos), and with quite an affectionate tone.

Reach For The Sky by Paul Brickhill - this is the biography of Douglas Bader and no matter what you think of the man, his story is an incredible one!

That's all the WWII pilot memoirs and biographies I have read. But I would also highly recommend these two WWI memoirs:

Flying Fury: Five Years In The Royal Flying Corps by James McCudden, VC - this is again a great story to read of one the RFC's greatest pilots. It is written in the hand of a young man, and it shows, McCudden being I think 22 or 23 when he completed the book, but it's a great read.

Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis - this is possibly the definitive WWI flying memoir out there! It's very well written, and there is a lot of emotion stored up in these pages. Definately one you should pick up.

And one memoir not flying related I would say you really should read is The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer - Guy Sajer was from Alsace with a French mother and German father. He joined the Luftwaffe, but failed to pass the exams to become a pilot, and then joined the Wehrmacht and fought on the Eastern Front. What he describes in this book is horrendous! The conditions he and his comrades suffered and the battles they lived through cannot be imagined! Definately one to pick up!

I have many more books, but these are all the biographies and memoirs I have from the wars.

Tooz_69GIAP
05-05-2006, 09:59 PM
Originally posted by danjama:
and there is one more that i cant remember right now, a compilation of stories from all fronts and all periods, especially good for Pacific accounts and BoB accounts, i really wish i could remember the name http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I think you're talking about Voices In The Air 1939-1945 edited by Laddie Lucas - this is a good one I think too, some interesting bits and pieces from all sides.


and First Light. by Geoffrey Wellum, yes, I forgot that one. I really enjoyed that one, well written, and he certainly had some interesting experiences being possibly the youngest pilot in the RAF to fly the Spitfire during the Battle of Britain(?)

LEBillfish
05-05-2006, 10:21 PM
MacArthur's Eagles by Lex McAulay ISBN 1-59114-479-5.......It also includes a whole kaboodle of statistics.

wayno7777
05-05-2006, 11:04 PM
Fly for Your Life - Larry Forrester, R. R. S. Tuck's story.
The First and the Last - Adolph Galland
Zemke's Wolfpack - Roger A. Freeman
The Greatest Aces - Edward H. Sims
Aces - William Yenne
An Ace of the Eighth - Norman "Bud" Fortier
Dumb But Lucky - Richard K. Curtis
The Monster Book of Fighter Pilots - edited by Jon E. Lewis
War in the Air - edited by Stephen Coonts
Duel of Eagles - Peter Townsend

Feathered_IV
05-06-2006, 12:47 AM
Samurai! - Saburo Sakai/Martin Caidin

Angels Twenty - Ted Park

Tumult in the Clouds - James A Goodson

and the rare but brilliant Bloody April by Alan Morris if WW1 floats your boat http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Low_Flyer_MkVb
05-06-2006, 01:03 AM
A few I recommend:-

Fighter Pilot - Paul Ritchey
The Mighty Eighth - Roger A. Freeman
Bomber Command - Max Hastings
Wings of War - Laddie Lucas
Winged Victory - Laddie Lucas & Johnnie Johnson
Butcher Bird, the FW190 - Edward Shacklady
Fighter Boys - Patrick Bishop
Messerschmitt Aces - Walter A. Musciano

And of course, Whirlwind by Victor Bingham. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

dieg777
05-06-2006, 02:14 AM
I have a set of reviews here on some favourites

http://www.airwarfare.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=26&sid...3d643306e31f775b430f (http://www.airwarfare.com/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=26&sid=d8038f4c374c3d643306e31f775b430f)

hope this helps

danjama
05-06-2006, 07:15 AM
Originally posted by Tooz_69GIAP:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by danjama:
and there is one more that i cant remember right now, a compilation of stories from all fronts and all periods, especially good for Pacific accounts and BoB accounts, i really wish i could remember the name http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

I think you're talking about Voices In The Air 1939-1945 edited by Laddie Lucas - this is a good one I think too, some interesting bits and pieces from all sides.


and First Light. by Geoffrey Wellum, yes, I forgot that one. I really enjoyed that one, well written, and he certainly had some interesting experiences being possibly the youngest pilot in the RAF to fly the Spitfire during the Battle of Britain(?) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

YES!! Voices in the air! Thanks for reminding me that was bugging me all last night http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Thats a fantastic read IMHO and it covers such a wide range of areas....

pwengland
05-06-2006, 09:12 AM
The war diary of Hauptmann Helmut Lipfert
Excellent book of an eastern front 109 pilot.

Haigotron
05-06-2006, 10:07 AM
"Blond Knight of Germany" - story about WW2 leading ace, Erich Hartmann, very great read, amazing person

"God is my Co-Pilot" I just finished reading this book, it was ok, didnt like it as much as others, lots and lots of Anti-Japanese sentiments, but what do you expect? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Bearcat99
05-06-2006, 11:20 AM
The Mighty Eighth - Gerald Astor
Woodbine Red Leader - George Loving
I Flew for thre Furher - Heinz Knocke
Red Tails Black Wings - John B. Holway
Black Knights - Lyn Homan & Thomas Reily
Benjamin O. Davis : AMERICAN - Bejamin O. Davis Jr.
Tuskegee Airmen - Charles E. Francis
Lonely Eagles - Riobert Rose
Tuskegee's Heroes - Charlie & Ann Cooper
A Pilot's Journey - Curtis Robinson
To Fly and Fight - Clarence "Bud" Anderson
JG26- Top Guns of the Luftwaffe - Donald Caldwell
Zero - Masatake Okumiya & Jiro Horikoshi

Lots more.... but those and what is already listed that should suffice for now....

System-M-
05-06-2006, 11:23 AM
Mustang Ace - Memoirs of Robert J Goebel.

Very good book, If you read this you find that the P-51 is modelled pretty well within the limits of the game. Very Inspiring too, with good funny moments and the sadder ones.