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#3572093 - 05/13/12 12:58 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books ***** [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Yeager. Autobiography. 'Nuff said.
Feet Wet. Autobiography. Wildcats to Tomcats.
Pettibone's Law. Despite the disclaimer, way too funny not to be true.
The Mighty Eighth. 8th Air Force in WWII with lots of anecdotes.

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#3572107 - 05/13/12 01:48 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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I really enjoyed 'Piece of cake' by Derek Robinson

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Piece-Cake-Derek...6720&sr=8-4

It was made in to a pretty decent TV series too.

Fictional story about an RAF Hurricane squadron during the Battle of France and Battle of Britain.

#3572125 - 05/13/12 03:17 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Thunderbolt. A favorite of mine.


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#3572340 - 05/14/12 12:24 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Sigh for a Merlin..Alex Henshaw - Spit test pilot.

Nine Lives.. ALAN DEERE

Best Foot Forward.. the 'other' legless fighter pilot - Colin Hodgkinson

The Blond Knight of Germany ..Hartmann bio

Bomber command ..Max Hastings

Night Fighter..Jimmy Rawnsley - 'Cats eyes' Cunninghams radar operator, observer,gunner.

Summer of no Surrender..Richard Townsend Bickers


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#3572343 - 05/14/12 12:33 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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"Fast Movers" by John Sherwood.
Its a great collection of stories from renown Vietnam era pilots.

#3572348 - 05/14/12 12:46 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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The Hunters...James Salter. Not just a good aviation book, a good book. The man was, and is, a master of the English language. He makes you want to write. Don't know where the film came from, it's not even the same story.


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#3572352 - 05/14/12 01:04 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Wings of Fury by Robert Wilcox. Tells the story of the development of the F15 and F16, AIMVAL/ACEVAL, as well as profiles of the most successful fighter pilots of the Korean, Vietnam & Desert Storm campaigns.

Blind Mans Bluff by Sherry Sontag. Fascinating insight into US Navy submarine intelligence gathering since 1945, as well as the development of Rickovers babys.

By Any Means Necessary by William Burrows. Scary stories about spyflights around (and sometimes in!) the USSR during the Cold War.

#3572365 - 05/14/12 02:02 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Billzilla]  
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Rolling Thunder, Steel Tiger, Phantom Leader, Eagle Station, Storm Flight. All by Mark Berent. The air combat sequences are put you right there in the cockpit. Fiction, but obviously written from experience. There are some 'romantic' sub-plots going on that are a little hokey but the flying aspect more than makes up for it


+1, they're all very good.

Also look at getting "Fate is the hunter", by Ernest Gann.
It's quite possibly the best aviation book ever written.


Fate is the Hunter is outstanding. Also, North Star over my Shoulder by Robert 'Bob' Buck.


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#3572401 - 05/14/12 03:57 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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F-15: Eagle Engaged, though a huge study book on the F-15, is loaded with detailed, interesting accounts of a-a accounts.

The novelization of Top Gun is also, well, a fun light read. Maverick actually uses guns in the book.

Sweetwater Gunslinger 201 (?) Is a fun F-14 fictional work, but seems to combine actual stories and tells them in a fictional story.

Alpha Strike by Levinson- A-4/A-6 histories- very good.

Jolly Rogers by Blackburn- Corsair/WWII action

Ed Macy's works- Apache and Hellfire are hard to put down books about British Apaches in Afghanistan.


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#3572403 - 05/14/12 03:57 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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"Flight Of The Old Dog" by Dale Brown. Very good B-52 novel!

The entire series by Tom "Bear" Wilson (Wild Weasel F-105 Vietnam pilot)...

"Termite Hill"
"Lucky's Bridge"
"Tango Uniform"

"Steel Tiger" and "Rolling Thunder" by Mark Berent


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#3572745 - 05/14/12 07:02 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Some great books here.
I would add "The First and the Last" by Adlophe Galland. Most memoirs are narrow in focus. Galland was General of the fighters. Gives the very best explanation of how the Luftwaffe was defeated in WWII. The inexorable calculus of defeat as American production of warplanes and pilots ground away the German Air Force. He also gives his opinion of Goering.
Also "The Man Who Flew The Memphis Belle." Captain Morgan was the first to compete a tour in Europe flying B17s, then he went on to fly B29s against Japan.

#3574148 - 05/17/12 01:27 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Thanks for all of the suggestions guys!


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#3574538 - 05/17/12 07:16 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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The very best aviation fiction book I have ever read is Flight of the Intruder. You already have that on your list.

Two very good WW2 aviation books I highly recommend are: The First Team, and The First Team and the Guadalcanal Campaign, both by Lunsford. The books are a very detailed account of the US Navy air battles from Pearl Harbor through Guadalcanal. Big, meaty, and very detailed.

Finally, a book I don't see on your list that is rather obscure, but I would classify as aviation themed is called CW2 by Layne Heath. It is about a Vietnam helicopter pilot, fiction, but I think the author flew helos in Vietnam. It's a fairly intense book, kinda shook me up a bit when I finished it.


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#3611618 - 07/22/12 06:22 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Another non-fiction book: "North Star Over My Shoulder" by Robert (Bob) Buck, about his airline career, starting in the 30s and ending up as a captain on the 747 in the 70s. Excellent read!


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#3631346 - 08/23/12 11:10 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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I'm currently reading "Loud and Clear", by Iftach Spector.

It's a memoir of an Isreali fighter pilot. He has 12 a-a kills to his name from combat operations in the 1967 and 1973 wars. He was also one of the pilots involved in the 1981 bombing of Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor.

Thoroughly enjoying the read.


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#3633790 - 08/28/12 01:03 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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One that I was surprised not to see in here was:
Flying through Midnight - John T Halliday

This is an absolute must-read! It's a true account of C-123s over Laos, but much more than that as well.

#3645125 - 09/16/12 08:33 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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"Joe Foss, Flying Marine" by Joe Foss, US Marine aviator with 26 aerial victories and the Congressional Medal of Honor.


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#3645561 - 09/17/12 10:24 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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The Last Dogfighter (fiction) by Martin Caidin author of The Six Million Dollar Man, (also a good read)
The Blue Max, by Jack Hunter, a grittier story than the movie and Stachel doesn't die in it.


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#3655494 - 10/03/12 02:40 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Not sure if any of these are/have been published outside of europe? but here's
some ww2 RAF books from my little stash, about the authors wartime services :-

Air gunner , Mike Henry DFC
Rear gunner Pathfinders, Ron smith DFM
Lancaster Target, Jack Currie DFC
Lancaster to Berlin, Walter Thompson DFC
Only owls and bloody fools fly at night, Tom Sayer DFC
No Moon tonight, Don Charlwood
Night Flyer, Lewis Brandon DSO DFC

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and for those of the USAAF persuasion
Combat crew, John Comer


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