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Luftwaffe Eagle

A WW2 German Airman's story by Sommer and Smith Code: 61557 Format: Paperback / 224 pages Publication date: 26/04/2022 Availability: In stock at supplier. Usually dispatched 7-15 business days Price: AU $34.99

With a detailed introduction from acclaimed Luftwaffe historian J. Richard Smith and illustrated throughout with photographs from private family albums, Luftwaffe Eagle is a fascinating insight into the life of an exceptional Luftwaffe pilot and navigator. In this compelling memoir, Erich Sommer recalls his life in pre-war Germany and the adventures he had flying for the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Born in 1912, the third son of a district court judge, Erich grew up in an atmosphere of uncertainty following the First World War. In 1932 he started training as a brewery engineer, shortly before the Nazis came to power. The implications this had on the lives of average Germans are described in great detail. When war came in 1939, he became a navigator, successfully serving with the Luftwaffes first pathfinding unit, then a special and little-known control commission in Morocco to monitor the disarmament of Vichy French forces. He then served as a navigator with a high-altitude squadron flying the relatively rare Ju 86 bomber fitted with a pressurised cabin in missions during the Battle of Britain. He then went to the Russian Front flying radar-equipped Ju 88s tracking Soviet fleet movements. This led to training as a pilot, following which Erich joined a special commando equipped with the revolutionary Arado Ar 234 jet. Shortly afterwards Erich flew the worlds first jet-reconnaissance sortie over the invasion front. He ended his war in Italy. After the war, Erich moved with his wife to Australia where he lived peacefully until his death in 2005. With a detailed introduction from acclaimed Luftwaffe historian J. Richard Smith and illustrated throughout with photographs from private family albums, Luftwaffe Eagle is a fascinating insight into the life of an exceptional Luftwaffe pilot and navigator.

Review: "A fascinating memoir full of thrilling accounts."-- "Military History Monthly"
"An entertaining read that will appeal to anyone interested in the Luftwaffe."-- "War History Online"
"Grub Street are to be highly commended for bringing us this readable and gripping account."-- "Flypast"
"...enjoyed this one, not least because of the insight it provides into the use of a rather first-generation jet. Recommended."-- "Royal Airforce History, Vol. 69"
"The detail of the stories and anecdotes sets it apart from the usual offerings in the genre."-- "Air Power History"

Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
Availability: In stock at supplier. Usually dispatched 7-15 business days
Publisher: MUSHROOM MODEL PUBLISHING
Publication date: 26/04/2022
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 234.00mm X 153.00mm
Code: 61557

J. Richard Smith is a retired engineering instructor with an international telecommunications company. He began researching German aviation over fifty years ago, working closely with his good friend Eddie Creek. Their first book, German Aircraft of the Second World War, was published in 1972 and was followed by over twenty others on the subject. These included an acclaimed four-volume history of the Me 262, and three others on the Fw 190. Their latest publication is a revised version of a previous book on the Dornier Do 335. Richard is also secretary of the West Midlands branch of the Elgar Society, and has written a book on the composer which has achieved critical acclaim. He lives in Worcestershire. J. Richard Smith is a retired engineering instructor with an international telecommunications company. He began researching German aviation over fifty years ago, working closely with his good friend Eddie Creek. Their first book, German Aircraft of the Second World War, was published in 1972 and was followed by over twenty others on the subject. These included an acclaimed four-volume history of the Me 262, and three others on the Fw 190. Their latest publication is a revised version of a previous book on the Dornier Do 335. Richard is also secretary of the West Midlands branch of the Elgar Society, and has written a book on the composer which has achieved critical acclaim. He lives in Worcestershire.