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posted 01-02-2000 03:08 PM     Profile for Stork   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
I've noticed that some people on this board have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of
WW II aircraft, flight envelopes and fighter tactics. Could some of you please post a list of your favorite books and websites that cover these subjects?

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posted 01-02-2000 03:50 PM     Profile for Storm   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post

I'm also a modeller, as well as virtual pilot and USAF member. So my reading, usually has to do with resource material. My favorites are the Osprey series of books on aviation, World Air Power Journal, Wings of Fame, and then whatever special book on a particular aircraft I may come across. WAPJ and WoF are both Brit published books, but are some of the finest reading I've ever done on aircraft of all subjects. The Osprey series can be bought in any book store, or I've seen them at

Hope it helps you out. Good luck!


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posted 01-02-2000 04:18 PM     Profile for Ernie   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
A book I liked, and found easy to read, was "The Mighty Eighth" by Gerald Astor.
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posted 01-02-2000 04:48 PM     Profile for Majesty5   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
I just finished reading Astor's "Mighty Eighth", I liked it also... The Bantam Air and Space series (paperbacks, silver covers with artwork) are pretty cool too. I had a year's subscription to World Air Power Journal and it's excellent. I just forgot to renew.
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posted 01-02-2000 08:19 PM     Profile for barryw   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Here are a few you'd likely enjoy
Firebirds! Flying the Typhoon by Chas Demoulin (C.O. 609 sqdrn)
Enemy in the Sky by A.V.M Sandy Johnstone, C.O. 602 sqdrn
Sky Battles by Alfred Price
Tale of a Guinea Pig by Geoffrey Page
Sky Warriors by Alfred Price
Duel of Eagles by Peter Townsend
and Battle of Britain, The Hardest Day, 18 August 1940 by Alfred price
All are first class reading, all encompass WW2 combat in the air over Europe......


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posted 01-02-2000 10:16 PM     Profile for TroyAir   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Somebody looking for a few good books?

WW2 Biographies:
"Mustang Ace" by Bob Goebel
"Baa Baa Black Sheep" by Gregory Boyington
"I Flew For The Fuhrer" by Heinz Knost (spelling?)
"Samurai!" by Saburo Sakai
"Wings of Morning" by Childers (written by nephew of deceased bomber pilot)

Jet Combat:
"Hornets Over Kuwait" by Maj. Jay Stoudt USMC
"Falcon's Cry" by Capt. Mike Donnelly, USAF
"Ironclaw" by Sherman Baldwin, USN
"Once A Fighter Pilot" by Jerry Cook

Helicopter Combat:
"Firebirds" by Chuck Carlock
"Chickenhawk" by Robert Mason

Air Combat history and otherwise:
"Storm Over Iraq" by Richard Hallion (how air power evolved to its success in Desert Storm)
"Clashes: Air Combat Over Vietnam" by Marshall Michel
"Fighter Combat: Tactics and Manuevering" by Rob Shaw
"Spitfire: A Complete Fighting History" by Dr. Alfred Price
"Bogeys and Bandits" by Robert Gandt
"Air Warriors" by Douglas Waller

References for models:
"Military Aircraft Markings" by BArry WHeeler
"Flying Colors" (authors unknown)
"The Illustrated HIstory of Fighting Aircraft of WW II" by Bill Gunston
"Collins/Jane's Aircraft of World War II" (authors unknown)

Submarine combat:
"Hell Above, Deep Water Below" by Dale Russell
"Silent Running" by Adm. James Calvert
"Wahoo!" and "Clear The Bridge" by Richard O'Keefe, USN.
"U-Boat Commander" by Peter Cremer

Compendiums of all the good parts:
"War In The Air" by Stephen Coonts
"Brassey's Air Combat Reader"

All are available from either or or the Smithsonian Institute.

Good luck and good reading!


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posted 01-03-2000 04:34 PM     Profile for Stork   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
Thank you to everyone who responded. I guess I've got a lot of reading to do.
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posted 01-03-2000 04:49 PM     Profile for MajorLee   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message   Edit/Delete Post
"Submarine Commander", by Paul R. Scratz. Good sub stuff here.
"Top Guns", by Joe Foss and Matthew Brennan- many short stories by different aces.
"Thunderbolt", by Robert S. Johnson. Bob Johnson's incredible story. You are there!
"Zemke's Wolfpack", by Roger Freeman. My WW2 hero, and many good tactical situations.
"The Fight for the Skies", by Roger Freeman. Allied fighters in the ETO.
"Beware the Thunderbolt!" by David McLaren. Day by day accounting of the 56thFG in WW2. Excellent work.
"A Fighter Pilots Life", by Francis Gabreski. The story of the US leading Ace in the ETO.
This, and the rest of the books, should get you started.

Major Lee

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