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Hell above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Copilot Ordered to Kill Him

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Being a student of 8th Air Force history in WW II, there was no

Being a student of 8th Air Force history in WW II, there was no doubt that I would explore this story of utter dedication and emotion. It is clear, from the beginning, Mr. Frater has researched the lives of Werner Goering and, his co-pilot, Jack Rencher to the "N&q...
Being a student of 8th Air Force history in WW II, there was no doubt that I would explore this story of utter dedication and emotion. It is clear, from the beginning, Mr. Frater has researched the lives of Werner Goering and, his co-pilot, Jack Rencher to the "N"th degree. This book is wrought with dedication displayed by both the author and the main subject, Werner Goering. The diligence of Mr. Frater's research , partly of which is corroborated and verified extensively in other historical publications I own regarding history of the 303rd Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, is nothing short of outstanding. Likewise, the dedication Werner Goering displayed in service to the USAAF and, postwar USAF, despite allegations of being Hermann Goering's nephew was without question! Regardless of the fact that he was bombing the homeland of his mother and father, at the risk of killing close relatives and, speculating that his co-pilot had higher HQ orders to 'dispatch' him IF anything went awry during any missions, he persevered and carried out his orders without prejudice.

This book was clearly tough to put down, but I had to sleep and work. I am proud to say that it holds a high place within my own Eighth Air Force library...needless to say, I HIGHLY recommend it!

posted by MYT8TH on April 11, 2012

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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I found, some, interesting facts in the book. As I read the book,I began to wonder if those facts were correct. The author failed to research his material. He misidentified a basic military unit. He spoke about playing russian roulette with an automatic pistol. If the...
I found, some, interesting facts in the book. As I read the book,I began to wonder if those facts were correct. The author failed to research his material. He misidentified a basic military unit. He spoke about playing russian roulette with an automatic pistol. If the author failed to get these two basic facts correct, then what other facts did he get wrong. Nothing bothers me more, than, reading material that is so incorrect. All it would have taken, to correct some of these problems, would be to have a person knowleable in the most rudimentary military facts, proof read the book.

posted by mangrinning on October 20, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

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    I found, some, interesting facts in the book. As I read the book,I began to wonder if those facts were correct. The author failed to research his material. He misidentified a basic military unit. He spoke about playing russian roulette with an automatic pistol. If the author failed to get these two basic facts correct, then what other facts did he get wrong. Nothing bothers me more, than, reading material that is so incorrect. All it would have taken, to correct some of these problems, would be to have a person knowleable in the most rudimentary military facts, proof read the book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Disappointment

    Stephen Frater's book should be retitled HELL ABOVE EARTH-AMERICAN BOMBER PILOTS OVER NAZI GERMANY IN WORLD WAR II. This book was not what I expected, the subject of Werner Goering was very interesting but not well done. As an amateur historian I was looking for great things but they just were not delivered by Mr. Frater. This book rambled, got side tracked by interesting but unrelated anecdotes. Mr. Frater does not know organiztional facts about the U.S. Army Air Forces in WWII. Mr. Frater must have been in the Army because multiple times he refered to " the Eight Army" instead of the "Eight Air Force" He referred to "squads" when they should have been "squadrons" In the WWII USAAF organisation was along the lines of "air division, wing, group. squadron and flight" An example of "...heavy bombers used in Europe were the B-17, B-24 and B-29." The B-29 was not used operationally over Nazi Germany. This book had alot of research but it was not put down on paper well at all. Not enough information on Werner Goering and Jack Rencher. Mr. Frater should stay with writing about what he knows, HELL ABOVE EARTH is not it.

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