The Me 262 Stormbird: From the Pilots Who Flew, Fought, and Survived It (Google eBook)

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Zenith Imprint, May 27, 2012 - History - 336 pages
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The Me 262 was the first of its kind, the first jet-powered aircraft. Although conceived before the war, with the initial plans being drawn in April 1939, the Stormbird was beset with technological (particularly the revolutionary engines) and political difficulties, resulting in it not entering combat until August 1944, with claims of nineteen downed Allied aircraft. The performance of the Me 262 so far exceeded that of Allied aircraft that on 1 Sepember 1944, USAAF General Carl Spaatz remarked that if greater numbers of German jets appeared, they could inflict losses heavy enough to force cancellation of the Allied daylight bombing offensive.

 The story of how the Stormbird came to be is fascinating history, and it comes to life in the hands of noted historian Colin Heaton. Told largely in the words of the German aces who flew it, The Me 262 Stormbird provides the complete history of this remarkable airplane from the drawing boards to combat in the skies over the Third Reich. Features two forewords, one by Jorg Czypionka, Me 262 night fighter pilot, and another by historian and author Barrett Tillman.
  

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User Review  - Joseph Roger - Goodreads

Substantively informative, the first hand accounts from the pilots was very interesting — and a great save as that generation passes away. But, in the words of my father who also read the book, "if ... Read full review

Review: The Me 262 Stormbird: From the Pilots Who Flew, Fought, and Survived It

User Review  - Erik - Goodreads

The Me 262, used by the Luftwaffe in the waning days of WWII, was a gamechanging aircraft and is best known for being the world's first operational combat jet. Heaton, an emerging historian of German ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter 1 Too Little Too Late
3
Chapter 2 On the Drawing Board
9
Chapter 3 Test Flights
17
Chapter 4 In the Field
27
Chapter 5 Competition and Innovation
37
Chapter 6 The Stormbird Takes Wing
49
Chapter 7 A Questionable Political Decision
61
Chapter 17 Allied Forces Fight Back
149
Chapter 18 The Last Death Throes of JG7
159
Chapter 19 Galland and the Squadron of Experts
169
Chapter 20 The Loss of Steinhoff
181
Chapter 21 Back in the Air
191
Chapter 22 Gallands Last Mission
199
Chapter 23 The End of the War and JV44
203
The Postwar Scramble for Jets
213

Chapter 8 First Encounters
73
Chapter 9 Challenges of the Jet
81
Chapter 10 Night and Day
89
Chapter 11 Fighting the Fighters
97
Chapter 12 Fighting the Bombers
105
Chapter 13 Kommando Nowotny
115
Chapter 14 The Death of Nowotny
127
Chapter 15 Kommando Nowotny Carries On
133
Chapter 16 Victories in the Face of Defeat
141
My Last Mission
223
German Ranks and Medals
239
Additional Me 262 Data
241
Bibliography
295
Notes
301
Acknowledgments
311
Index
313
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About the author (2012)

Professor Colin D. Heaton served in the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Marines as a scout sniper under Livingston's command. He was a guest historian on the History Channel program Dogfights: Secret Weapons and has authored several books of military history: German Anti-Partisan Warfare in Europe 1939 1945 (Schiffer Publishing 2001); Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe, 1939 1945 (Naval Inst. Press, 2008), which he coauthored with Anne-Marie Lewis; and Occupation and Insurgency: A Selective Examination of The Hague and Geneva Conventions on the Eastern Front (Algora, 2008). He has taught history and military history at American Military University.

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