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Post by Reggie » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:03 pm

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Plus: the one with Moggy Catterwaul (I shudder to recommend anything with a "Moggy" in it).
I think you may mean Moggy Cattermole in there Swallow. If so, that is "A Piece of Cake" by Derek Robinson and is very good. They also did a TV Mini Series based on it which you can get on DVD relatively cheaply too :)
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Post by Stapme » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:06 pm

This is the best aviation combat book i have ever read bar none . Its set on the Russian front. "The war diary of Helmut Lipfert" get it you wont be disapointed

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Post by Moggy » Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:43 am

Just for Reg...

Hurricane: Victor of the Battle of Britain

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Post by Reggie » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:10 pm

Moggy wrote:Just for Reg...

Hurricane: Victor of the Battle of Britain

Thanks mate - you knew I would come in here when I saw a new post didnt you :wink:

I have to say though - may be a good book, but what a horrible cover- Battle of Britain all over it and a photo of a MkIIc?

Terrible!!!
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Post by Tom » Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:31 am

The Silver Spitfire by Tom Neil. Not much fighting but I love his style of prose - he may have been 91 when he wrote it but he captures the essence of a 23 year old boy racer (from the '40s).
In selecting the motto... 'all for one and one for all'... I have done so because it expresses what should be the creed to every Fighter Pilot. Never forget that you are an essential cog in the wheel, and if you break or fail it will let down your brother pilots, and the grimness of war allows for no such weakness.

Air Vice Marshal Saul in the foreword to 13 Group's 'Forget-Me-Nots for Fighters'

"They fly Hurricanes, isn't it?, them's shit planes for remtards on free dinners..."
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Post by Tom » Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:40 am

Just read Stuka Pilot by Rudel.

Very interesting and somewhat surprisingly for me it doesn't dwell on politics at all.

The style isn't great and is very factual - you get a sense that that is what he was like, but some descriptions are relentless. It gets a bit monotonous - mission, mission, mission, mission etc but it's impressive that he managed 2,530 combat sorties without his luck completely running out.
In selecting the motto... 'all for one and one for all'... I have done so because it expresses what should be the creed to every Fighter Pilot. Never forget that you are an essential cog in the wheel, and if you break or fail it will let down your brother pilots, and the grimness of war allows for no such weakness.

Air Vice Marshal Saul in the foreword to 13 Group's 'Forget-Me-Nots for Fighters'

"They fly Hurricanes, isn't it?, them's shit planes for remtards on free dinners..."
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Post by Hunter » Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:38 am

yes truly a great read as I remember and one of the first books if not the first I read on air combat. I suspect it belonged to my father.

Luckily I cannot find my copy, and so cannot get depressed by finding out how long ago that was.
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Post by Reggie » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:44 am

Tom wrote:Just read Stuka Pilot by Rudel.

Very interesting and somewhat surprisingly for me it doesn't dwell on politics at all.

The style isn't great and is very factual - you get a sense that that is what he was like, but some descriptions are relentless. It gets a bit monotonous - mission, mission, mission, mission etc but it's impressive that he managed 2,530 combat sorties without his luck completely running out.
Absolutely awesome book, I must dig it out and read it again. You read along just gobsmacked how the guys survived, and achieved all he did flying a Stuka for so many years - and then with disabilities too :shock:
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Post by Cheese » Wed Jul 17, 2013 7:21 pm



Cant wait to get into this :)
Got a funny feeling i read it a few yrs ago though,hay ho
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Re: Recommended books

Post by Catseye » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:29 pm

Duel of Eagles
by Peter Townsend.

This book, as I understand it, is currently not in print but can be found online.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_ ... Caps%2C205

It deals with the total aspect of events leading up to the war from Historical and personal pilots point of view. He describes in detail the events of many Luftwaffe Pilots from schooling into battle and also the same for the RAF and then brings them together when they meet each other and then recounts their perspective of each of those events.

Fabulous reading.

(Yes, he is THE Peter Townsend)

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Post by Reggie » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:01 am

I have just finished reading this - you can get it from Amazon and so on as well, but the link to the website is best to see what it is about.

http://www.valorstudios.com/a-higher-call-book.htm

This was one of the best books I have read in a very, very long time, and several times it had me completely in tears - not ashamed to admit that. An awesome book, about good men on both sides of the conflict.
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Post by Cheese » Fri May 16, 2014 6:11 pm

Just got "Stapme" and "A willingness to die" anyone read em? must admit Stapme gona get read 1st,what a character....

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Post by Handsome » Fri May 16, 2014 9:35 pm

Brian Kingcome is a good read, 'though not your traditional fighter memoire.

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Post by Reggie » Sat May 17, 2014 8:38 am

Cheese wrote:Just got "Stapme" and "A willingness to die" anyone read em? must admit Stapme gona get read 1st,what a character....

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I have a signed copy of Stapme - it is a great read :thumbup:
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Post by Jacko » Sat May 17, 2014 10:00 am

Currently I am reading

No Parachute by Arthur Gould Lee. Its all WW1 stuff based on his many letters sent home, lots of accounts of Albertri scrapping with Pups. I am about 2/3rds through and then have lined up

Te Big Show by Pierre Clostermann. Which looks good from the cover, even some Tiffy action for Cheese
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