An Eagle’s Odyssey, My Decade As A Pilot In Hitler’s Luftwaffe

This is an English language translation of a book first published in Germany in 1989. It is rare in that it is the story of an ordinary airman who joined the newly formed Luftwaffe and worked his way to Captain by the end of the war, commanding a Staffell of Bf 109 fighters – Very Highly Recommended

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NAME: An Eagle's Odyssey, My Decade As A Pilot In Hitler's Luftwaffe
FILE: R2951
AUTHOR: Johannes Kaufmann
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Greenhill Books
BINDING: hard back
PAGES: 233
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: World War Two, World War 2, World War II, WWII, Second World War, 
Nazi Germany, occupation of the Rhineland, invasion of Poland, D-Day, Bf109, 
fighter leader, Luftwaffe

ISBN: 978-1-784382-53-7

IMAGE: B2951.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This is an English language translation of a book first published in 
Germany in 1989. It is rare in that it is the story of an ordinary airman who 
joined the newly formed Luftwaffe and worked his way to Captain by the end 
of the war, commanding a Staffell of Bf 109 fighters –   Very Highly Recommended

In the main, wartime memoirs of Luftwaffe pilots are written by aces who joined 
after 1938 as officers. This book provides a fascinating alternative perspective of an 
ordinary airman who worked his way up to Hauptmann, finally flying the Me 109 
as a Staffell Leader.

What makes this a specially interesting story is that it includes the impressions of 
Germany from the early 1930s and the occupation of the Rhineland as Hitler worked 
his way towards the goals set out in Mein Kampf, followed by his invasion of Poland. 
The author then lived through the highs and lows to eventual unconditional surrender.

To the impressions of life in German through the rise and fall of Hitler and 
specifically life in the Luftwaffe, the author has provided great detail of flying fighter 
aircraft and of the tactics employed. The only disappointment is that illustration is 
confined to the dust cover, which does include a photograph of the author in uniform