Books about fighter aces may be two a penny, but books about bomber aces are rare. This is a study of German bomber aces of WWII and it provides fresh insights. – Highly Recommended.
NAME: Luftwaffe Bomber Aces, Men, Machines, Methods FILE: R2509 AUTHOR: Mike Spick PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 239 PRICE: £12.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War 2, World War II, Second World War, armour, tanks, AFV, Armoured Fighting Vehicles, gun tank, flak tank, assault gun, mortar, infantry, close support, bombs, cruise missiles, torpedoes, dive bombers, strategic bombing, terror bombing, Ju87, JU88, Me262, FW190, Arado234, He111, He115, He117, FW200, bomber aces
IMAGE: B2509jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ljnj373 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: Books about fighter aces may be two a penny, but books about bomber aces are rare. This is a study of German bomber aces of WWII and it provides fresh insights. - Highly Recommended. Books about bomber aces may be rare, but then most young pilots want to become fighter pilots and treat a posting to bombers as much less desirable. One ace reviewed in this book is an excellent example. Hans-Ulrich Rudel is a good example of the reluctant bomber pilot becoming an ace. When Rudel completed his flying training he expected to be selected for fighter pilot training. His instructors considered him a marginal pilot and recommended he be sent to a bomber unit. He ended up being sent to a Stuka squadron where his new CO considered him a below average bomber pilot and, when the squadron was sent to Greece and Crete, he was left behind as an engineer officer, responsible for chasing up spares and supplies to be sent on to his comrades. Rudel was not pleased by his fate. He only became a combat pilot because the Germans were short of pilots for the invasion of Russia. Then his fortunes changed and he was to become the most decorated German soldier of WWII. He sank Russian warships and destroyed an unknown number of Russian tanks. He pioneered the use of the Stuka with two 37mm canon fitted under-wing, developing the very risky, but effective, tactic of flying very low and slow from behind a column of Russian tanks, shooting them in the back where the armour was thinnest. Inevitably he was shot down many times and escaped back to his own lines, including one occasion when he was captured, escaped and then swam a wide cold river to reach his own lines. The reason that his total tally of 1,000 Russian tanks is not the full total is that Hitler ordered him not to fly any more combat missions because of the propaganda risks should he be shot down and killed or taken prisoner. Rudel ignored the order and continued flying but each of his kills was attributed to new pilots joining the squadrons to start them off with a score. On one occasion, Rudel was badly injured and lost a leg. Even that did not stop him flying and he returned to duty with a temporary prosthetic made by his ground crew. Although best known for his exploits flying the Stuka, he was one of the first pilots to fly the ground attack version of the FW190 fighter. His story is an excellent example of why bombing was anything but dull and could be more exciting and daring that flying fighters. The author has managed to provide a comprehensive account in a single book which is a feat in itself. All the notable German bomber aces are covered, starting with those who flew in the Kondor Legion during the Spanish Civil War. There is very good illustration and a nicely written text. Read this and revise your opinion of the relative merits of bombers and fighters