Stated first printing bound in blue cloth. Illustrated, 354 pages. A near fine copy in a very good dust jacket. The book has light dust spotting at the edges of the page blocks and along the edges of the cloth. The dust jacket has fraying to the upper edge of the front panel. Small chips at the outer corners. Wear along the head of its spine.
- ASIN: B0006BN3Q6
The Second World War: The Fighter
- ASIN: B07552L9HT
Seven at Santa Cruz: The Life of Fighter Ace Stanley “Swede”
"It was just like flying into the void." --Stanley "Swede" VejtasaThis riveting biography details how Stanley "Swede" Vejtasa became a World War II naval hero. During the Battle of the Coral Sea, Swede flew an SBD Dauntless dive-bomber and helped sink Shoho, the first aircraft carrier lost by Japan in World War II. The next day, in that same Dauntless, he took off from USS Yorktown and out-flew and out-gunned three Japanese Zeros, making him the only dive bomber pilot to be awarded Navy Crosses for both bombing and aerial combat.Months later, the day before the Battle of Santa Cruz, Swede was flying an F4F Wildcat fighter off USS Enterprise and had no recourse but to follow orders he knew to be insane. He and his squadron mates flew their predictably empty search legs and beyond, only to discover upon their return to Point Option in the dark, that Enterprise was nowhere to be found. Incredibly, Swede located the oil slick he had noticed seeping from Enterprise during a morning combat air patrol and was able to track it back to the carrier.After their harrowing return, during the Battle of Santa Cruz, the fate of Enterprise, and by extension Guadalcanal, lay in the hands of that same Swede Vejtasa. He responded by single-handedly downing an unprecedented two Japanese dive bombers ...
- ASIN: 1682472876
Book by Shores, Christopher
- Brand: Brand: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
- ASIN: 060030230X
Fighter Pilot: The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin
Robin Olds was many things to many people. To his West Point football coach he was an All American destined for the National College Football Hall of Fame. To his P-38 and P-51 wartime squadrons in WWII he was the aggressive fighter pilot who made double ace and became their commander in nine short months. For the pioneers of the jet age, he was the wingman on the first jet demo team, a racer in the Thompson Trophy race, and the only U.S. exchange officer to command an RAF squadron. In the tabloid press he was the dashing flying hero who married the glamorous movie star. For the current crop of fighter pilots he is best known as the leader of the F-4 Wolfpack battling over North Vietnam. For cadets at the Air Force Academy he was a role model and mentor. He was all of those things and more.Here's Robin's story in his own words and gleaned from the family and friends of his lifetime. Here's the talent and learning, the passion and leadership, the love and disappointments of his life. Few men have written on the tablets of aviation history with such a broad and indelible brush. Olds was a classic hero with vices as well as virtues, a life writ large that impacted many.
- Brand: Griffin
- ASIN: 0312569513
- UPC: 884514644277
Fighter Aces of World War II: Closing the
- ASIN: B00AV8TYMQ
Fighter Aces: Knights of the Sky (Casemate Short
The Casemate Short History Series presents readable and entertaining introductions to military history topics. Just over a decade after the first successful powered flight, fearless pioneers were flying over the battlefields of France in flimsy biplanes. As more aircraft took to the skies, their pilots began to develop tactics to take down enemy aviators. Though the infantry in their muddy trenches might see aerial combat as glorious and chivalric, the reality for these ‘Knights of the Sky’ was very different and undeniably deadly: new Royal Flying Corps subalterns in 1917 had a life expectancy of 11 days.In 1915 the term ‘ace’ was coined to denote a pilot adept at downing enemy aircraft, and top aces like the Red Baron, René Fonck and Billy Bishop became household names. The idea of the ace continued after the 1918 Armistice, but as the size of air forces increased, the prominence of the ace diminished. But still, the pilots who swirled and danced in Hurricanes and Spitfires over southern England in 1940 were, and remain, feted as ‘the Few’ who stood between Britain and invasion. Flying aircraft advanced beyond the wildest dreams of Great War pilots, the ‘top’ fighter aces of World War II would accrue hundreds of kills, though their life expectancy was still mea...
- ASIN: 1612004822
German Fighter Ace Werner Molders: An Illustrated Biography (Schiffer Military
This book is an illustrated biography of the legendary Luftwaffe fighter pilot Werner Molders in more than 480 rare photographs, documents and commentaries. Who was this once much-admired and honored man? Why did the German people show such a great interest in his fate during World War II? This illustrated book provides answers. Here Oberst Werner Molders is objectively portrayed: as a pilot, soldier, and man.
- ASIN: 0764325264
- UPC: 884811729561
The German Aces Speak: World War II Through the Eyes of Four of the Luftwaffe's Most Important
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 World War II fighter pilot was viewed as larger than life: a dashing soul waging war amongst the clouds. In the 65-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.
- ASIN: B0769WT7WB
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