Duel Under the Stars: The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II
"The enemy bomber grew larger in my sights and the rear gunner was sprayed by my guns just as he opened fire. The rest was merely a matter of seconds. The bomber fell like a stone out of the sky and exploded on the ground. The nightmare came to an end."In this enthralling memoir, the author recounts his experiences of the war years and traces the story of the ace fighter pilots from the German development of radar to the Battle of Britain.Johnen flew his first operational mission in July 1941, having completed his blind-flying training. In his first couple of years he brought down two enemy planes. The tally went up rapidly once the air war was escalated in spring 1943, when Air Marshal Arthur Harris of the RAF Bomber Command began the campaign dubbed the Battle of the Ruhr. During this phase of the war Johnen’s successes were achieved against a 710-strong force of bombers. Johnen’s further successes during Harris’s subsequent Berlin offensive led to his promotion as Staffelkapitan (squadron leader) of Nachtjagdgeschwader and a move to Mainz. During a sortie from there, his Bf 110 was hit by return fire and he was forced to land in Switzerland. He and his crew were interned by the authorities. The Germans were deeply worried about leaving a sophisticatedly equipped night...
- ASIN: 1784382582
Jagdflieger: Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot 1939-45 (Warrior)
Osprey's survey of German fighter pilots of World War II (1939-1945). Fighter pilots have always been held in the highest regard and the Luftwaffe Fighter pilots or Experten were undoubtedly the best pilots in the world, often racking up huge scores when compared to Allied fighters. It is for this skill, the sheer number of kills they obtained and their glamour that they are remembered even today. But what of the men themselves? It took a certain type of man to brave the skies in 1939-45, which were often more dangerous than the battlefields below and where a lone fighter pilot was often reliant on an aircraft that was frighteningly basic and fragile. Over the years much has been written about these Luftwaffe aces, but this book seeks to examine the lives of the ordinary men who took to the skies. These men all shared the same "aggressive spirit, joy of action and the passion of a hunter." Rich with fascinating first-hand accounts exploring every step of the fighter pilot's career from his enlistment, intensive training to his exploits in the Battle of Britain and on the Eastern Front, this book is an invaluable insight into the life of a Luftwaffe fighter pilot.
- Brand: Osprey
- ASIN: 1846031672 Part No: Illustrations
Mil-Tec Luftwaffe ME 109 Pilot Vintage Quartz Watch with Brown Leather Strap
Army pilot watch with vintage look leather strap and large dial Great quality Luftwaffe ME 109 Pilot vintage style watch with light brown leather strap. Modern quartz technology, luminous hands and minute points for night-time reading. Please see the picture for the detail on the watch face, every watch is a little different, the back panel has a kind of fighter pilot oil stained look to it giving each watch a unique feeling. This is a great looking watch, you won't be disappointed.
- Color: Brown
- Brand: Miltec
- ASIN: B005MYAL4O Part No: 15766000
The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots' Kitbag: Uniforms & Equipment from the Summer of 1940 and the Human Stories Behind Them
Reichsmarschall Göring told Hitler that it would take less than a month for his much-vaunted Luftwaffe to conquer the RAF and pave the way for the German invasion of Great Britain. His prediction was to prove disastrously wrong, but for four long months his pilots and aircrew fought for their lives in the skies above the UK.From their bases in continental Europe, the Luftwaffe’s fighter pilots escorted the great bomber fleets that sought to destroy the RAF’s airfields and installations, and tackled the Spitfires and Hurricanes deployed to defend Britain’s towns and cities. Whilst much has been written on the titanic struggle for supremacy fought throughout the summer of 1940 and of the men and machines of both sides, little attention has been paid to what the pilots wore and carried with them in the air.All the objects that a Luftwaffe fighter pilot was issued with during the Battle of Britain are explored in this book in high-definition colour photographs, showing everything from the differing uniforms, to headgear, personal weapons, gloves, goggles, parachute packs and the essential life jacket. Each item is fully described and its purpose and use explained.Fly with the Messerschmitt Bf 109s and Bf 110s across the Channel and see what the Luftwaffe aircrew wore as they t...
- ASIN: 1473849950
Alarmstart: The German Fighter Pilot's Experience in the Second World War: Northwestern Europe - From the Battle of Britain to the Battle of Germany
This book charts the experiences of the German fighter pilots in World War II, based on extensive recollections of veterans as well as primary documents, diaries, and flying log books, with photographs from the veterans themselves. There are no more than a handful of WWII Luftwaffe members alive today. Patrick Eriksson had the foresight to record their experiences first-hand. Some witnesses ended up as senior fighter controllers, and one was even a Luftwaffe psychologist. The recollections and views of the former pilots are put within the historical context of the German aerial war. This first volume covers Poland, Denmark, and Norway, the Phoney War, the invasion of France and the Low Countries, the Battle of Britain, combating the RAF sweeps in the West, and finally, the Battle of Germany.
- ASIN: 1445694395
I Was Hitler's Pilot: The Memoirs of Hans Baur
A decorated First World War pilot, Hans Baur was one of the leading commercial aviators of the 1920s before being pitched into the thick of it as personal pilot to a certain ‘Herr Hitler’. Hitler, who loathed flying, felt safe with Baur and would allow no one else to pilot him. As a result, an intimate relationship developed between the two men and it is this, which gives these memoirs special significance. Hitler relaxed in Baur’s company and talked freely of his plans and of his real opinions about his friends and allies. Baur was also present during some of the most salient moments of the Third Reich; the Röhm Putsch, the advent of Eva Braun, Ribbentrop’s journey to Moscow, the Bürgerbräukeller attempt on Hitler’s life; and when war came, he flew Hitler from front to front. He remained in Hitler's service right up to the final days in the Führerbunker. In a powerful account of Hitler’s last hours, Baur describes his final discussions with Hitler before his suicide; and his last meeting with Magda Goebbels in the tortuous moments before she killed her three children. Remarkably, throughout it all Baur’s loyalty to the Führer never wavered. His memoirs capture these events in all their fascinating and disturbing detail.
- ASIN: 1848326963 Part No: ill
Luftwaffe Aces: German Combat Pilots of WWII (Stackpole Military History Series)
World War II air war companion to Panzer Aces and Panzer Aces IIIn-the-cockpit accounts of aerial dogfights by some of Germany's deadliest pilots ever to take to the skiesThis exciting book tells the combat biographies of seven Luftwaffe aces: three day-fighter pilots, one night-fighter pilot, one close-support pilot, and two bomber pilots. This mix of well-known and less famous pilots includes Heinz BÃ¤r, who had 221 victories and was an ME 262 ace; Otto Kittel, the fourth-highest Luftwaffe ace with 267 kills; Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, a leading night-fighter ace with 121 kills; Wilhelm Batz, whose two-year combat career ended with 237 kills in the elite JG 52; Otto Weiss, a close-support pilot in the Hs 123 and Hs 129; Joachim Helbig, who flew the Ju 88 bomber over Malta; and Ludwig Havighorst, who served first with the infantry and then the Luftwaffe, where he flew fifty bombing missions over Stalingrad.
- ASIN: 0811731774
- UPC: 011557031775 Part No: 9780811731775
The German Aces Speak
For the first time, four German WWII pilots share their side of the story.Few perspectives epitomize the sheer drama and sacrifice of combat more perfectly than those of the fighter pilots of World War II. As romanticized as any soldier in history, the WWII fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the sixty-five-plus years since the Allied victory, stories of these pilots’ heroics have never been in short supply. But what about their adversaries—the highly skilled German aviators who pushed the Allies to the very brink of defeat?Of all of the Luftwaffe’s fighter aces, the stories of Walter Krupinski, Adolf Galland, Eduard Neumann, and Wolfgang Falck shine particularly bright. In The German Aces Speak, for the first time in any book, these four prominent and influential Luftwaffe fighter pilots reminisce candidly about their service in World War II. Personally interviewed by author and military historian Colin Heaton, they bring the past to life as they tell their stories about the war, their battles, their lives, and, perhaps most importantly, how they felt about serving under the Nazi leadership of Hermann Göring and Adolf Hitler. From thrilling air battles to conflicts on the ground with their own commanders, the aces...
- ASIN: B006OXS3N8
Duel Under the Stars : The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II
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9.Staffel/Jagdgeschwader 26 : The Battle of Britain Photo Album of Luftwaffe Bf 109 Pilot Willy Fronhofer
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Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot Defending the Reich Against the RAF and USAAF - eBook
The Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Fighter Pilots' Kitbag : Uniforms & Equipment from the Summer of 1940 and the Human Stories Behind Them
An Eagle's Odyssey : My Decade as a Pilot in Hitler's Luftwaffe
Duel Under the Stars: The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II (Audiobook)
Jagdflieger : Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot 1939-45
Luftwaffe Aces : German Combat Pilots of WWII
That Time a Luftwaffe Pilot Risked His Own Life to Save an American Bomber
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