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#3655801 - 10/03/12 09:30 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books ***** [Re: Zeppelin]  
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Originally Posted By: Zeppelin
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.


I just finished this book. A very good memoir!


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#3656074 - 10/04/12 06:53 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Can't believe no one has mentioned Stuka Pilot about Hans Ulrich Rudel, probably the greatest close air support pilot of all time. His Wir Frontsoldaten zur Wiederaufrstung is good too, if you can find it and have it translated.

#3680443 - 11/12/12 03:07 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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An Ace of the 8th by Norman "Bud" Fortier
I Flew For The Fuher by Heinz Knoke
To Fly and Fight by Clarence "Bud" Anderson
Red Tails Black Wings by John Holway
Black Knights by Lynn Homan & Thomas Reily

Jump out .. You have a pretty good list there.. thumbsup


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#3681206 - 11/13/12 04:37 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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bump Currently reading Flying Tigers. Interesting and goes into the equipment used in the Japenese Senti.s that face them. Meanwhile I wait till I can find out if the new book Ironman ( WWI) is in English or German.

#3681410 - 11/13/12 10:03 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Half a Wing, Three Engines and a Prayer by Brian O'Neill.
One of the best collections of USAAF WW2 bomber stories.

Vulcan 607 by Rowland White
Gripping tale of the 1982 raid on the occupied Falklands.

#3690651 - 11/30/12 06:22 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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The Last Zero Fighter Firsthand Accounts from WWII Japanese Naval Pilots
By Dan King
Pacific Press 2012
ISBN 978-1468178807



The book is 292 pages long, divided into 5 Chapters (each one devoted to one man) and contains 79 pictures and drawings.

The men featured are (summaries are from Historical Consulting | The Last Zero Figher):

1 - Kaname Harada: Worked his way out of the fleet Navy to become a fighter pilot. He is the last surviving member of the air group that bombed the USS Panay outside of Nanking in December 1937. He flew from the Soryu at the Battle of Wake Island, then at Midway claiming few U.S. Navy torpedo bombers, and was later shot down at Guadalcanal. He ended the war training future Kamikaze pilots who were slated to fly rocket fighters into US warships.

2 - Isamu Miyazaki: Served in the surface fleet where he traveled to Egypt and Paris before the war, later worked on a river boat in China before making it into the Naval Air Service in 1936. He was a wingman of Kanichi "One-Wing" Kashimura in the sky above Yokosuka on April 18, 1942 as the Doolittle Raiders attacked Japan. He fought US fighters in the 252nd Air Group under Lt Suganami and then Lt. Naoshi Kanno at Rabaul; then Guadalcanal; the reverse defense of Wake Island; then fought against B-24 bombers and then the US invasion of Tarawa from his base in the Marshall Islands; he fought as a member of the Hachiman Butai in the skies over Iwo Jima and then assigned to Minoru Genda's air group of Aces, the 343rd Air Group for the defense of the homelands. He witnessed the atomic bombing of Nagasaki

3 - Haruo Yoshino: Joined the Navy as a teenager and was the commander of a torpedo plane from the Kaga that dropped a fish into the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor. He was in the initial invasion of Rabaul and the attack on Port Darwin, Australia. He was later in one of the seven infamous search planes that failed to locate the Americans at the Battle of Midway and was aboard the Kaga when it was attacked and sunk. He went through Truk Lagoon, fought at Guadalcanal, Santa Cruz, in the air above Iwo Jima and Leyte Gulf in the Philippines.

4 - Toshimitsu Imaizumi: Joined the Navy's pre-flight academy as a teenager and became a fighter pilot stationed on Hainan Island where he fought against B-24s and P-38s before being sent to Taiwan and with the 254th Air Group to Mabalacat Airfield the Philippines. He witnessed the first official Kamikaze flight taken by Lt. Yukio Seki. He himself flew Kamikaze escort duty, and then eventually was assigned as a Kamikaze pilot himself in the defense of Okinawa.

5 - Tomokazu Kasai: The youngest Japanese Naval ace of the war joined the Navy's pre-flight academy as a teenager and found himself thrust into combat over Iwo Jima, Guam, Saipan, Peleliu, Yap the Philippines as a Kamikaze escort pilot and finally with the squadron of aces, the 301st Fighter Squadron under Minoru Genda, the planner of the Pearl Harbor attack.

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From an American perspective it was interesting to read the story from the other side of the war. Imo, The book is a little light on the "getting to know the men" side of the story but can't be beat from a detail "Where were you and when" side of the story. If you don't want to buy a copy I would definitely see if your local library has it.

Dan King will be speaking at Planes of Fame this Saturday December 01, 2012. Having read "The Last Zero Fighter" I am interested to hear any new stories he might relate about the pilots he interviewed.

Planes of Fame December Flying History Event: http://simhq.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/3690648/Re_Planes_of_Fame_Flying_Histo.html#Post3690648


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#3720602 - 01/18/13 08:01 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Flying Circus by Ernest K. Gann, a collection of short stories and partly an autobiography ISBN-13: 978-0553296976 or ISBN 0-02-542400-9
Mosquito Racer by Don McVicar, he bought a Mossie for the Reno air races, illustrated, ISBN-13: 978-0906393581


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#3721044 - 01/19/13 05:51 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Derek Robinsons WW1 Trilogy..superb read. He also wore two WW2 books aswell which where great. However his WW1 ones can't be beaten.

Goshawk Squadron
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War Story.

#3721740 - 01/20/13 08:20 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Target Berlin: Mission 250, 6th March 1944. Jeffery Ethell, Dr Alfred Price. Wrens Park 2002 (first published 1981).
200pp AAR for this 'mission gone wrong', from both the US and German points of view.

Fighter Combat: Tactics & Manoeuvring. Robert Shaw. Naval Institute Press.
The classic text on ACM and fighter tactics.

#3722747 - 01/22/13 03:54 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Alone I fly. http://www.aloneifly.com/

A very good read


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#3722823 - 01/22/13 05:56 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Anything written by Ernest K. Gann will be a guaranteed good read.

Also try "The Night Stalkers", about the 160th SOAR. Written by Michael Durant (of Black Hawk Down fame) and Steven Hartov.

#3723911 - 01/24/13 12:40 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Just finished Night of the Whirlwind by David Bruce, excellent read, a bit of fiction generated around the last mission of 137 Squadron on the 21June 1943 where 5 Whirlwinds go off to ostensibly attack the German airfield at Poix in France, but they have a diffrent goal and it is the training and build up to that mission the book documents.

More details can be found here http://www.whirlwindfighterproject.org/

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#3724161 - 01/24/13 07:04 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Hmmm, I find it difficult to sort through the list, with my old arthritic eyes so I don't know if these are on there, but I am currently reading "MiG Alley" by Larry Davis from the Squadron/Signal series.

Needless to say it's about the air combat of the Korean war, though it is obviously quite heavily UN/US biased. It has lots of stories from the pilots.

A couple of novels I read which have some reasonably good air combat themes are Eagle In The Sky by Wilbur Smith, about an Israeli pilot and his adventures (not just aviation, mind) and Red Storm Rising includes quite a bit of all-round air combat - again fictional.

I read a book called "Phoenix Squadron" by Rowland White not so long back about Belize and how a flight of Buccaneers was used as a show of force to stop Guatemala invading (after a record-breaking non-stop flight) - but only a small part of the book covers this. However the rest is interesting - covering carrier ops by UK and US navies and pilots. That's non-fiction and was by the chap who wrote the XM607 book about the Vulcans bombing Stanley airport.

Not combat but a fix for any aviation junkie.


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#3809929 - 07/15/13 08:38 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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And what about Saint-Exupry "Flight to Arras/ Pilote de guerre" ? His first hand story as a Recco pilot during the battle of France.


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#3831706 - 09/04/13 05:43 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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Thanks for the list I will start to look for those books


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#3831945 - 09/05/13 01:23 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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This has always been a favourite of mine: F4 Phantom: A Pilot's Story by Robert Prest

It's not air combat as such but it is basically the recollections/highlights of a peace time air force pilot's daily working life in the RAF first in Britain and later posted to Germany. I found it a very enjoyable read and considering at the time (1985ish) I got the book for a school prize I wanted to join the air force when I finished school, it really made the book a hit for me and I've re-read it quite a bit. Unfortunately probably like a lot of us here I didn't pass the eyesight requirements and that was long before laser correction.

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#3892252 - 01/09/14 04:16 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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thumbsup Thud Ridge, The Hunters, Piece of Cake,Battle of Britain by Peter Townsend, 9 Lives, The Jolly Rogers,
Ba Ba Black Sheep, 5 years in the RFC ,They fought with what they had, I flew for the fuhrer. All Great Reads. winkngrin

Also there was the 1948 Book that led to this Movie.

http://youtu.be/G1GbiuG40Ak

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#3892314 - 01/09/14 06:54 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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"A Higher Call" - Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of WWII" Author Adam Makos

Key word here is "Incredible". Engrossing, insightful and heart warming if ever an event in war could be.

I would also second the plug for author Earnest K. Gann - my personal favorite: "Fate is the Hunter"

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#3918203 - 02/28/14 03:57 PM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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The Larks by Jem Shaw, WW1 from the RFC perspective.

Only $3 for the Kindle, it stands up favorably with Wings of Victory and Derek Robinson's RFC Trilogy. To be brutally honest, it seems to be somewhat derivative of both those works, but that's not all bad.

$3 on Amazon


edit: Just bought "The Hunters" by Salter, based on the recommendations written here, thanks, guys!

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#3922500 - 03/10/14 04:55 AM Re: Please recommend good aviation/air combat story books [Re: Juggernaut]  
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God is My Co-Pilot: A True Story by Colonel Robert L. Scott

Read this years ago when I was a kid in middle school. Pretty decent account of the early years of war in the pacific.


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