This oral history of the air war in Vietnam includes the stories of more than thirty pilots who all had one thing in common-after returning from Southeast Asia and separating from the service, they were hired as pilots by Western Airlines. As the chapters begin, Bruce Cowee tells his story and introduces us to each pilot. The interesting theme is that all of these men served in Southeast Asia and in most cases never knew each other until they came home and went to work for Western Airlines. Each of the pilots featured in this book is the real thing, and in an age of so many "Wannabees," it is reassuring to know that each of them was a pilot for Western Airlines and someone who Bruce worked with or knew professionally. The stories span a 9 year period, 1964 – 1973, and cover every aspect of the Air War in Southeast Asia. These 33 men represent only a small fraction of the Vietnam veterans hired as pilots by Western Airlines, but this book pays tribute to all of them.
Reviews of A Wing and a Prayer: The Personal Narrative of Ralph Freund Who Flew 32 Missions Over Europe During WWII. A Wing and a Prayer: The Personal Narrative of Ralph Freund Who Flew 32 Missions Over Europe During WWII (9781633153080): Ralph Freund, Carol Zuckert, Betsy Feinberg: Books. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
The personal narrative of Ralph Freund, who flew 32 missions during World War II as a B-17 flight engineer and top turret gunner and member of the 379th Bomb Group. From the first mission on May 22, 1944 to the last one, a little over two months later, on July 25, 1944, including two missions on D-Day, Ralph talks about the dangers, fears, triumphs and close calls as a member of a B-17 crew who all survived.
Reviews of Without Precedent: Commando, Fighter Pilot and the True Story of Australia’s First Purple Heart. Without Precedent: Commando, Fighter Pilot and the True Story of Australia's First Purple Heart [Owen Zupp] on . *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An ordinary man. An extraordinary life. 'Without Precedent' recounts the life of commando and fighter pilot. Buy online at Aviation Bookstore.
An ordinary man. An extraordinary life.
'Without Precedent' recounts the life of commando and fighter pilot, Phillip Zupp. One man who served in two very different wars.
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Oswald Boelcke was Germany’s first ace in World War One with a total of forty victories. His character, inspirational leadership, organizational genius, development of air-to-air tactics and impact on aerial doctrine are all reasons why Boelcke remains an important figure in the history of air warfare. Paving the way for modern air forces across the world with his pioneering tactics, Boelcke had a dramatic effect on his contemporaries. The fact that he was the Red Baron’s mentor, instructor, squadron commander and friend demonstrates the influence he had upon the German air force. He was one of the first pilots to be awarded the famous Pour le Mérite commonly recognized as the ‘Blue Max’. All of this was achieved after overcoming medical obstacles in his childhood and later life with a willpower and determination. Boelcke even gained the admiration of his enemies. After his tragic death in a midair collision, the Royal Flying Corps dropped a wreath on his funeral, and several of his victims sent another wreath from their German prison camp. His name and legacy of leadership and inspiration live on, as seen in the Luftwaffe’s designation of the Tactical Air Force Wing 31 ‘Boelcke’. In this definitive biography RG Head explores why Oswald Boelcke deserves consideration as the most important fighter pilot of the 20th century and beyond; but also for setting the standard in military aviation flying. This book will appeal to enthusiasts of the German air force, military aviation in general and World War One in particular.
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For the German soldier fighting under Hitler, keeping a diary was strictly forbidden. So Gunter Koschorrek, a fresh young recruit, wrote his notes on whatever scraps of paper he could find and sewed the pages into the lining of his winter coat. Left with his mother on his rare trips home, this illicit diary eventually was lost—and did not come to light until some 40 years later when Koschorrek was reunited with his daughter in America. It is this remarkable document, a unique day-to-day account of the common German soldier’s experience, that makes up the memoir that is Blood Red Snow.