Fighting Hitler's Jets: The Extraordinary Story of the American Airmen Who Beat the Luftwaffe and Defeated Nazi Germany

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Fighting Hitler's Jets brings together in a single, character-driven narrative two groups of men at war: on one side, American fighter pilots and others who battled the secret ?wonder weapons? with which Adolf Hitler hoped to turn the tide; on the other, the German scientists, engineers, and pilots who created and used these machines of war on the cutting edge of technology. Written by Robert F. Dorr, renowned author of Zenith Press titles Hell Hawks!, Mission to Berlin, and Mission to Tokyo, the story begins ...
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Overview


Fighting Hitler's Jets brings together in a single, character-driven narrative two groups of men at war: on one side, American fighter pilots and others who battled the secret “wonder weapons” with which Adolf Hitler hoped to turn the tide; on the other, the German scientists, engineers, and pilots who created and used these machines of war on the cutting edge of technology. Written by Robert F. Dorr, renowned author of Zenith Press titles Hell Hawks!, Mission to Berlin, and Mission to Tokyo, the story begins with a display of high-tech secret weapons arranged for Hitler at a time when Germany still had prospects of winning the war. It concludes with Berlin in rubble and the Allies seeking German technology in order to jumpstart their own jet-powered aviation programs. Along the way, Dorr expertly describes the battles in the sky over the Third Reich that made it possible for the Allies to mount the D-Day invasion and advance toward Berlin. Finally, the book addresses both facts and speculation about German weaponry and leaders, including conspiracy theorists’ view that Hitler escaped in a secret aircraft at the war’s end. Where history and controversy collide with riveting narrative, Fighting Hitler’s Jets furthers a repertoire that comprises some of the United States’ most exceptional military writing.
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"This timely and welcome book plugs a gap in historiography of the jet war over Europe. Fighting Hitler's Jets is written in a pleasingly conversational tone. After reading this book, I felt as though I had spent time in the hangar flyer with fighter pilots. This book is highly recommended for those seeking a fresh perspective on the air war in Europe." - Air Power History

"Fighting Hitler's Jet's is a text rich with historical insight, experiences of American as well as German pilots, and knowledge of aircraft and their designers not commonly found in other books. Dorr's Fighting Hitler's Jets is a perfecta which rewards the reader of history as well as of strategy." - Travel For Aircraft Blog (Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760343982
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 300,500
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert F. Dorr is an air force veteran (Korea, 1957 - 1960) and the author of sixty books. He has written thousands of articles for publications like Air and Space Smithsonian, Flight Journal, Air Forces Monthly, Air Power History, Aerospace America, and Air Force Times. Dorr lives with his family in Oakton, Virginia.

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Table of Contents


Contents

One The Air Show, November 26, 1943 
Two “What’s a Pearl Harbor?” 
Three Wonder Weapons 
Four Twin-Engine Fighters 
Five Wonder Weapons, Part II 
Six Mustang Unleashed 
Seven Rocket Science 
Eight The Jet Plane Boogie 
Nine Mustang Men 
Ten The Underground Airplane 
Eleven Natter 
Twelve P-80 
Thirteen Arado Ar 234 
Fourteen Marauder Man 
Fifteen Dogfights 
Sixteen Supersonic Speed and Super Science 
Seventeen The Air Show, Part II 

Acknowledgments 
Bibliography 
Endnotes 
Appendices 

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