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  Voices in the Air 1939-1945: Incredible Stories of the World War II Airmen in their Own Words
Voices in the Air 1939-45: WWII Airmen


 
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Our Price: AU$26.95 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - paperback, 560 pages
Author: L. Lucas
Year: 2003
Other Data: index
ISBN: 0099465663

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A unique and enthralling anthology compiled by WWII flying ace, Laddie Lucas, Voices in the Air tells the story of the air battles of the Second World War in the voices of those who took part. Drawn largely on the writings of the combatants themselves from all sides of the conflict, this book offers a vivid and highly individual account of the great aerial campaigns of WWII.

From a thrilling account of the first sustained dogfight between Spitfire and Messerschmitt in 1940, to an eighteen-year-old Japanese suicide pilot's last letter home and the Luftwaffe leaders' analysis of 'what went wrong' after the Battle of Britain, the book dramatically deals with every aspect of the war.

Full of stories of astonishing escapades, incredible bravery, dogged persistence and moving feats of arms, Voices in the Air honours both the sung and the unsung heroes of the war.

Written by people from countries such as Britain, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, America, South Africa and Japan, it depcits the war from their 'side' of it, which makes for fascinating reading!

Contents:
Acknowledgements
Explanatory Note

Part 1: Beginnings
 - Kittyhawy, North Carolina, 17 December 1903
 - Eagle in the Sun
 - The Eagle
 - Pupil Pilot
 - Golden Age of Flying
 - The 'Weekend Flyers'
 - The Rise of the German Air Force
 - 'Munich'

Part 2: Tumult in the Clouds 1939-40
Fantasy ... and Reality
 - 'Moving Battalions means War...'
 - Fighting On
 - Blitzkrieg ...
 - Brilliant Generalship
 - An Irish Airman Foresees his Death
 - 'After Today Nothing Would Ever be the Same ...'
 - Ducal Mission
 - Intervention
 - Dunkirk: Where was the RAF?
 - New Zealand Blooding
 - Naval Grit
 - Death Strikes in the Arctic
 - Dowding's Despatch
 - Escape
 - 'My Duty'
Defence of an Island
 - 'Their Finest Hour'
 - Comparison
 - Engaging Baptism
 - Lord Beaverbrook
 - Declaration
 - The Battle of Britain, a Polish View
 - Into the Line
 - Gaps at the Table
 - 'For Johnny'
 - Spitfire Versus Messerschmidt 109, 1940
 - Messerschmidt Versus Spitfire, 1940
 - Fatal Misjudgement, 7 September 1940
 - University Contribution
 - Victory - and Loss
 - The Closeness of a Family
 - New Zealander Before the Monarch
 - Regia Aeroneutica Over Britain, November 1940
 - 'My Personal War With Mussolini'
After the Battle
 - Post Mortem on the Battle: The German Verdict
 - Post Mortem on the Battle: The Bader View
 - Over Twenty-six? Too Old!
 - Dowding
 - Park

Part 3: In the Teeth of Adversity
 - Honoured Cezch
 - Fleeing to Flight
 - Reinforcing the Middle East
 - 'Faith, Hope and Charity'
 - The Gremlins
 - 'In a Monastery Garden'
 - The Fleet Air Arm Observer's 'If'
 - Taranto, Fleet Air Arm's Epic Attack, Night of 11-12 November 1940
 - Mediterranean Power
 - 'The Illustrious Blitz'
 - How Two Girls Sank the 'Tarigo' Convoy
 - Desert Air Force
 - Desert Songs
 - Was South Africa's 'Pat' Pattle the Greatest?
 - 'High Flight'
 - The Massacre of 2 Group
 - 'Missing'
 - Versatile Albacores, 826 (Fleet Air Arm) Squadron - 1940 and 1941
 - The Battle of the Atlantic
 - Bombing and Rescue Join Hands
 - Before Pearl Harbour - the New Intake
 - Oxford Response
 - The End (and the Beginning) of a Legend
 - 'Our Debt', 31 December 1941

Part 4: Retaliation
 - South Africa in the Desert
 - 'I'm Rademan'
 - Leading Observer
 - Unparliamentary Behaviour
 - 'He Was the Best'
 - 'The End'
 - Through South African Eyes
 - George Barclay
 - 'Graves: El Alamein'
 - Naval Pathfinder
 - Clive Robertson Caldwell: Exceptional Australian
 - Axis Verdict
 - In the Vanguard with 'Torch'
 - Island Climacteric - 1942
 - 'The World's First Skyjack'
 - Six Feet from the Brink
 - 'Gracious' Message
 - Hazards of Air-Sea Rescue
 - Malta Made Them
 - Sinking of 'Prince of Wales' and 'Repulse': A Japanese Account
 - 'Three Lasts'
 - They Bombed Tokyo
 - Friendly Message
 - Japanese Torpedo Bombers at Midway
 - The Meaning of Midway
 - Guadalcanal Adventure
 - Indian Nightmare
 - Opinion
 - Channel Calamity
 - Australian Bomber Captain - Pilot Officer R.H. Middleton V.C.
 - 'Short Prayer'
 - Stuka Victory
 - Frustrated Ally
 - The First of the Fortress (B-17s)
 - An Eagle Fell
 - Loss of a Brother
 - 'Aircrew', 31 December 1942

Part 5: Gathering Onslaught
 - The Great Bombing Offensive
 - The Mahaddie Lectures
 - Talented Australian
 - 'Bomber Pilot'
 - 'Digger'
 - First 'Daylight' on Berlin
 - Family Honour
 - Staff Interlude
 - The Atcherley Brothers
 - The Masters
 - Go for the Belly
 - Get in Close
 - Wing and Group Leaders
 - Johnson and Kenley
 - Blakeslee of the 'Fourth'
 - 'Backroom' Role
 - Canadian at Large
 - 'MacRobert's Reply'
 - ... And Then There was None
 - 'The Airman'
 - The Guts of a Gunner
 - Retribution
 - Stygian Darkness
 - The Big City: The Question Marks
 - Berlin Exponent - and the Enduring Spirit of his Crew, and Squadron
 - Peenemunde, 17 August 1943
 - Spirit of Poland
 - Impact of the 'Eighth'
 - Schweinfurt
 - 'Prison Camp'
 - Stalag Luft III
 - Courage of the Underground
 - Torch and Dagger Work
 - A Squadron's Best Friend ...
 - 35 Wing Chronicler
 - North African Finale
 - Air Power
 - Salerno
 - Bang Away, Bang Away, Lulu!
 - Effect on the Soviets
 - Niet!
 - The War Lord of the Arakan
 - Busting the Japanese Naval Code
 - Mine Executioner

Part 6: Maximum Effort
Courage, Phobias, Superstition and Fear
 - Ministerial View
 - The Only Answer
 - Luftwaffe Attitude
 - New Zealand Experience
 - A Gunner Shivers
 - (Temporary) Staff Officer
 - Premonition
 - Lost Poet
 - Understated Combat
 - Atlantic Battle
 - Come Back Safe, Skipper
 - The ATA
 - 'Be Your Most Fetching'
 - The Walrus and the Yank
 - Wimpy
 - 'Bomber Command's Worst Defeat'
 - 'A Pilot to all Ravaged Cities'
 - The Norwegian House of Christie
 - The Salt of the Ground
 - 'The Ladder of St Augustine'
 - The 'Great Escape' - Stalag Luft III, 1944
 - Clandestine Courage
 - 'D-Day'
 - Scott of 123 Wing
 - Russian Reflections
 - Pistol for Captivity
 - 'A Sound Thinker'
 - Time Expired
 - Brilliant Aristocrat
 - Ghoulies and Ghosties
 - The Heavens Were a Different Place
 - The Real-Life Dreams of a Photo-Reconnaissance Pilot
 - The Inequality of It
 - Expression
 - Pacific Mirror

Part 7: Aerial Divided
 - The 'Enjoyment' of War
 - Naval Maestro
 - Modern Vikings
 - 'Hurricane, 1940'
 - The Numbers Game
 - Pathfinder
 - Analysis of Defeat
 - Cry for Mercy
 - The Attractions of Rosie
 - It's Not What You Say; It'd The Way The You ...
 - Operational Oatmeal
 - Honouring Suicide|
 - Up Ahead
 - Saburo Sakai - Japan's Greatest
 - Dumbos in a 'Friendly' Sea
 - 'Pappy'
 - McGuire's Last Mission
 - Palembang
 - Retrospect
 - 'I Close my Bombing Years ...'
 - The Himalayan Men
 - Norway's 'Black Problem'
 - Epitaph
 - True to his Precepts
 - 'Scientific Developments'
 - To Douglas Bader - 1910-82
Primus Inter Pares
 - Doolittle
 - Cheshire
 - Generosity
 - Tribute
Epilogue
Index

Review:
"I was given this book for Christmas 2003 by my daughters and read most of it in a day! I found it very informative as it gave a real insight into what it must have been like to be an airman in WW2. The book is a series of short accounts given by the men who fought and includes extracts from most of the major nations who took part between 1939-1945. The only detail the book lacked was any photographs of the characters quoted, if it had it would have been 5 stars - Enjoy!" - Reviewer 5 Jan 2004, Amazon.co.uk,


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