Luftwaffe: History of German Airforce in WWII by John Pimlott

By John Pimlott

This beautiful pictorial checklist of the German Air strength, from its institution within the Thirties via carrier in global battle II from 1939 to 1945, incorporates a wealth of infrequent photos complemented by means of dramatic and carefully researched textual content. 250 photographs .

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Often the B-29 flight engineer was himself a trained pilot. His Who Were These Combat Airmen? job was to sit behind the signs of the plane. John pilot 33 and copilot and monitor the Patterson, a flight engineer, flew missions over Japan as part of the Twentieth Air Force. vital bombing He recalled the learning process necessary to master his complicated job: "There were eleven guys on a B-29 crew, including the Flight Engineer. My position was back-to-back with the copilot. ' There were levers and dials and switches all over the place.

Bomber operations were highly structured and allowed little room for individual initiative, evasion of flak and fighter attacks, or close escorting bombers to their targets and, the DEADLY SKY 28 observation of the results of their work. Theirs was a team activity requiring several individuals to operate a single flying machine ef- The fectively. fighter pilot also functioned as part of a had a great deal of freedom final analysis, the to express his own team but also individuality. " The last sentence of Dow's analysis provides perhaps the most compelling reason why the majority of young come pilot pilots wished to be- The limited degree of independence a fighter enjoyed provided him with at least some measure of control fighter pilots.

By the end of the training, you probablv would have made at least 175 landings. difficult Cadets were liberally washed out of primary flight training for any perceived weakness from airsickness to rough landings to — poor stick-and-rudder techniques. Robert Goebel recalled the dailv stress of watching his fellow cadets fall by the wayside: "The attrition began in earnest now, and the long faces and red eyes at chow in the evening told the story of the fledgling pilots who had had their wings clipped permanently that day.

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