American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets

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A riveting account of the American servicemen who scrambled to keep Hitler's technology out of Soviet hands
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A riveting account of the American servicemen who scrambled to keep Hitler's technology out of Soviet hands
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"Hitler might have achieved [his] gruesome aim if his nuclear physicists had been able to produce a bomb. Fortunately they failed, but the Allies still had plenty of high-tech Nazi weapons to fight over in the spring and summer of 1945. One obvious target: the Me 262 jet fighter, which with its unmatchable speed might have won the air war for the Germans, had it appeared sooner. In American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets, Samuel tells how a group of American pilots scoured Germany for jets, surface-to-air missiles, and other Luftwaffe treasures, which became the basis for America's technological rejuvenation and eventually helped the United States win the Cold War."

--Washington Post Book World

Mark Lewis
Samuel's book is more for Air Force buffs than for the general reader, but it does offer an eye-catching comment from Gen. Henry "Hap" Arnold, the wartime Army Air Forces chief.
The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578066490
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 4/22/2004
  • Pages: 493
  • Sales rank: 1,003,502
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, is the author of German Boy: A Refugee's Story, I Always Wanted to Fly: America's Cold War Airmen, and The War of Our Childhood: Memories of World War II, all published by University Press of Mississippi. He lives in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Abbreviations xv
1. The Way Things Were--1945 3
2. The German Jets 13
3. Jet Encounters 29
4. The Defiant Few 40
5. Colonel Harold E. Watson 50
6. The 1st Tactical Air Force (Provisional) 72
7. Organizing to Disarm the Luftwaffe 86
8. Operation Lusty 95
9. Solving the Japanese Riddle 107
10. A Mother Lode of Aviation Technology 123
11. The Secrets of Volkenrode and Kochel 143
12. The Feudin' 54th 161
13. Watson Picks His Team 178
14. Lager Lechfeld 188
15. P-47 Jug Pilots 198
16. Watson's Whizzers 212
17. The Merseburg Fan Club 232
18. Project Seahorse 248
19. Melun-Villaroche 262
20. Roast Duck at Aalborg 279
21. The Arado 234 Caper 291
22. So Far, So Good 299
23. The Conquering Hero 310
24. The Focke-Wulf 190 Tragedy 328
25. Air Shows and Air Races 344
26. The Birth of Project Overcast 353
27. Project Overcast and One Man's Experience 371
28. From Overcast to Paperclip 382
29. How Captain Wenzel Made American Citizens Out of Enemy Aliens 400
30. The Way Things Changed 422
Afterword: What Became of All These Good Men? 443
Notes 452
Sources 479
Index 485
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