Baa Black Sheep - Gregory "Pappy"
Boyington is a very famous character, and his adventures,
from his time in China with the Flying Tigers to the
end of the war are very colourful. Some historians have
perhaps found "mistakes" in this book, but
it remains nevertheless essential reading. Boyington's
personality makes it a... "different" book.
Bantam Books; ISBN: 0553263501 List
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- A Marine Night-Fighter Pilot in World War II - R. Bruce Porter, Eric Hammel
Bruce Porter's war in the Pacific, at first as a
fighter pilot in the Samoa and Solomon Islands, downing
three Zeros, and then, after a brief return to the United
States, as a night-fighter pilot and squadron C.O. when
he achieved ace status. Read an excerpt,
to read what other Marine aces have to say about this
book, or visit Bruce Porter's homepage here.
You can also read an interview of Col. Porter in the
WS Interviews section.
Motorbooks International; ISBN: 0935553312
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Fly and Fight : Memoirs of a Triple Ace
- Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson, Joseph P. Hamelin
« Bud » Anderson is one of the top aces
of the 357th Fighter Group, and relates here not only
his two combat tours with this outfit, but also his
postwar career. Of interest for me is the fact that
he gives a detailed account of how to operate the P-51
during a combat mission. Recommended by Laurent Boulestin
(P51d20na@club-internet.fr) - Visit www.cebudanderson.com
Pacifica Pr; ISBN: 0935553347 List
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First and the Last - Adolf Galland
A classic book written by a man who could not have
been more involved in the evolution of the Luftwaffe
throughout the war. Describing the German Air Force
reconstitution and its involvement in Spain until the
development of the first jets and final days of World
War Two, as well as Galland's personal career, becoming
an ace and taking high responsibilities within the Luftwaffe.
Buccaneer Books; ISBN: 0899667287
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Last Enemy - Richard Hillary
The diary of a young pilot who was shot down during
the war. Very emotional.
Burford Books; ISBN: 1580800564 List
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Leader - Air Vice-Marshal 'Johnnie'
This is the story of the official top-scoring allied
pilot of World War Two. He served in the RAF until 1966,
but this book is about his wartime, from him joining
RAF in August 1940 to the end of the conflict.
He is describing his operations with 616 Squadron, part
of Bader's Tangmere Wing, as well as his time in command
of 610 Squadron. He then led the Canadian Spitfire Wing
and was the first allied pilot to land in France after
Blond Knight of Germany -
Raymond F. Toliver, Trevor J. Constable
The biography of Germany's ace of aces Erich Hartmann.
He scored 352 kills but this is not only a book about
air fighting, it tells as well extremely well about
the feeling of the German soldiers being defeated. A
brilliant book about a brilliant pilot.
Tab Books; ISBN: 0830681892 List
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Ace : Memoirs of a P-51 Fighter Pilot
- Robert J. Goebel
A very well written autobiography by a Fifteenth
Air Force fighter pilot. Robert Goebel gives a vivid
account of his combat tour with the 31st Fighter Group
during the spring and the summer of 1944, as he relates
not only the missions he flew, but also his spare time
with his comrades around the base. Recommended
by Laurent Boulestin (P51d20na@club-internet.fr) - Read
an excerpt here
Pacifica Pr; ISBN: 0935553037 Amazon
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Big Show - Pierre Clostermann
France's World War Two ace of aces is providing here
very spectacular recollections of his time with the
RAF. The spirit of the Free French pilots fighting over
occupied France and the aerial action make this book
one of the best WW2 pilots biographies of all. Breathtaking...
This book is highly recommended.
Stalag : The Final Days of World War II
- Hub Zemke, Roger A. Freeman
The 56th Fighter Group's commander's end of war:
Zemke is telling how he got shot down, captured and
his life in a German camp.
Smithsonian Institution Press; ISBN:
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Jolly Rogers : The Story of Tom Blackburn and Navy Fighting
Squadron Vf-17 - Tom
Blackburn, Eric M. Hammel
Navy ace Tom Blackburn tells in own story as well
as his squadron's one. The Vf-17 Jolly Rogers is the
Navy's most famous squadron, and Blackburn provides
here a lively account of living and fighting in the
Pacific. Read an excerpt here.
Pacifica Pr; ISBN: 0935553193
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: A Fighter Pilot's Life -
Francis Gabreski, Carl Molesworth
Francis Gabreski was ETO's top ace in WW2, but was
as well an ace during the Korean war. His telling of
his missions with Zemke's wolfpack is breathtaking.
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.; ISBN: 0764304429
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: Memoirs of a Tuskegee Airman
- Charles W. Dryden
A different aviation book, because it does not simply
tell of aerial action and combat heroics, but takes
as well an important look at the human side of things,
and at the segregation in the USAF at the time. Highly
Univ. of Alabama Press ; ISBN: 0817308563
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Coast Ahead - Guy Gibson
Guy Gibson became famous during the war mostly because
he led the 617 Squadron's Lancasters during the famous
Dambusters mission. But this young Victoria Cross winner
did not survive the war, he was shot down in a Mosquito
in 1945. This is a very hard book, but it shows brilliantly
the spirit of this young hero.
Lindbergh - A. Scott Berg
A slightly different subject from the other books
featured on this list. Lindbergh was a true legendary
hero, a model and an inspiration for many pilots-to-be.
This new and massive biography is unique in the way
that for the first time, the author was allowed by Lindbergh's
wife to access the couple's personal papers.
Putnam Pub Group; ISBN: 0399144498
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: An Autobiography - Chuck Yeager,
"General Chuck Yeager, the greatest test pilot
of them all -- the first man to fly faster than the
speed of sound . . .the World War II flying ace who
shot down a Messerschmitt jet with a prop-driven P-51
Mustang . . .the hero who defined a certain quality
that all hotshot fly-boys of the postwar era aimed to
achieve: the right stuff." Yeager tells his own
story, and it's trully gripping. Highly recommended!
Bantam Books; ISBN: 0553256742 List
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