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Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe: The U.S. Army Air Forces Against Germany in World War II Hardcover – October 15, 2010
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Bronze medalist--Military Writers Society of America
An excellent overview of the U.S. Army Air Forces' war against Nazi Germany. Both historians and enthusiasts will find something of interest in this well-researched history.
--Barrett Tillman, Author of "Whirlwind: The Air War Against Japan"
As always, air combat veteran Jay Stout creates a spellbinding narrative by asking, and getting answers to, important and illuminating questions no other author on the topic has ever even thought of. --Eric Hammel, author of "The Road to Big Week"
"A colossal undertaking that delivers brilliantly. This work rises above the fray and is reminiscent of Ambrose's Citizen Soldiers." --Michael Franzak, author of "A Nightmare's Prayer: A Marine Harrier Pilot's War in Afghanistan"
"As spell binding as it is authoritative -- never before has there been such a detailed work on the USAAF." (Mick Evans HyperScale 2011-07-12)
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The Allies couldn't defeat Hitler's Third Reich without destroying its industry and taking its territory, but before they could do either, they had to neutralize the Luftwaffe, whose state-of-the-art aircraft and battle-seasoned pilots stood ready to batter any attackers. Great Britain's Royal Air Force was only barely holding the line, and the might of the United States was needed to turn the tide.
Almost from scratch, the United States built an air force of more than two million men. Thanks to the visionary leadership of Henry "Hap" Arnold, Carl "Tooey" Spaatz, Ira Eaker, James Doolittle, and others, the USAAF assembled a well-trained and superbly equipped force unlike any ever fielded. And thanks to the brave Americans who crewed, maintained, and supported the aircraft, the USAAF annihilated the Luftwaffe as it pounded targets deep inside Germany and elsewhere.
A stirring tribute to these men as well as an engaging work of history, The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe vividly describes World War II in the skies above Europe. At the same time, it captures the personalities of the men who won it, whether on the ground or in the sky.
Top Customer Reviews
Stout provides a good mix between first-hand accounts, description of the strategic and operational context of the war, and analysis of the capabilities of different aircraft. This is not a pure "I was there" type book, but neither is it a dry doctrinal or technical discussion. He has corresponded with many World War II veterans who, to my knowledge, have never before related their combat experiences, and thus the first-hand accounts seem very "fresh" to someone who has read a lot of air combat histories as I have. Stout does not idolize the men of the USAAF or present them as a set of "Greatest Generation" cliches. Rather, he sees them for who they were -- normal Americans doing what needed to be done, some doing their jobs well, and others doing their jobs poorly.
Stout has a very readable and engaging style. In addition, he is a Marine aviator and fighter pilot himself. His accounts of air combat therefore bring a "real world" perspective to bear, but the discussions of strategy and tactics are still accessible to the general reader.
Anyone interested in air combat in World War II should read this book.
Now, through this incredibly well-researched book, Jay Stout has opened a door and invited all ages in to see and feel the danger, dedication and fear these men lived with as they willingly did their jobs to keep the fighting and destruction on the other side of the Atlantic. Now I know something of what my cousin must have felt when he manhandled a mammoth B-24 through layers of flak and German fighters to bomb Ploesti oil refineries. Or what another cousin who was almost blind in one eye (but who had memorized eye charts!) accomplished by becoming a crew chief and doggedly keeping the planes flying.
Of course we've all seen dozens of movies about the war, and they help us understand much, but Jay Stout's book is the real McCoy. He brings history to life and personalizes it by interviewing dozens of men of my generation whose war-time experiences and emotions are etched in their memories. We appreciate this because the men who returned to us so long ago very seldom talked about what they had done and seen and we were left with what we had gleaned from the six o'clock radio news and the ten-minute newsreels.Read more ›
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Kept my interest all the way through. One fact that struck me was that the airmen were all volunteers. I never knew that! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tom Acheson
Plenty of combat detail, personnel well described, geography details good, air force organization and background very good, individual personalities of command people well... Read morePublished 2 months ago by rct
The story is an important one told with clarity and solid attention to detail. It is particularly valuable in showing how quickly the Army Air Force went from very little to the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by George Drake
Well written hard to put down! Long considered myself WW II guru but my lack of knowledge about the air war was sadly lacking until I read this book!Published 4 months ago by Douglas Taylor
I had the blessing of having Jay as a flight instructor in Beeville,Texas during Jet training in the T-2 Buckeye back in 1987. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael S. Beguelin
It is a very well written book about the men who service in Europe during World War II. It is the story of the men who were not as famous as others, but just as important.Published 9 months ago by Darwin Pharo
Highly interesting account of the arrival of American air power and the subsequent battle between the Luftwaffe and US Army Air Corp. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Morgan Hellgren