The Me 262 Stormbird: From the Pilots Who Flew, Fought, and Survived It

The Me 262 Stormbird: From the Pilots Who Flew, Fought, and Survived It

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by Colin D. Heaton, Anne-Marie Lewis
     
 

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The Me 262 was the first of its kind, the first jet-powered aircraft. Although conceived before the war, with the initial plans being drawn in April 1939, the Stormbird was beset with technological (particularly the revolutionary engines) and political difficulties, resulting in it not entering combat until August 1944, with claims of nineteen downed Allied

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The Me 262 was the first of its kind, the first jet-powered aircraft. Although conceived before the war, with the initial plans being drawn in April 1939, the Stormbird was beset with technological (particularly the revolutionary engines) and political difficulties, resulting in it not entering combat until August 1944, with claims of nineteen downed Allied aircraft. The performance of the Me 262 so far exceeded that of Allied aircraft that on 1 Sepember 1944, USAAF General Carl Spaatz remarked that if greater numbers of German jets appeared, they could inflict losses heavy enough to force cancellation of the Allied daylight bombing offensive.

 
The story of how the Stormbird came to be is fascinating history, and it comes to life in the hands of noted historian Colin Heaton. Told largely in the words of the German aces who flew it, The Me 262 Stormbird provides the complete history of this remarkable airplane from the drawing boards to combat in the skies over the Third Reich. Features two forewords, one by Jorg Czypionka, Me 262 night fighter pilot, and another by historian and author Barrett Tillman.

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…as operational history, the book is both informative and strongly recommended." - Air Power History"

This is both an intensely factual book about the famed Messerschmitt and a love story. The love story comes in from the authors' obvious fascination with the short-lived Stormbird . . . Even if you're an Me-262 expert, you're certain to find much that is new here. It's particularly interesting to read how various German pilots learned to use it in combat . . . If all this sounds intriguing, this is certainly the book for you." - Aviation History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760342633
Publisher:
Zenith Press
Publication date:
05/27/2012
Edition description:
First
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.40(d)

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From the Publisher
"This is both an intensely factual book about the famed Messerschmitt and a love story. The love story comes in from the authors' obvious fascination with the short-lived Stormbird . . . Even if you're an Me-262 expert, you're certain to find much that is new here. It's particularly interesting to read how various German pilots learned to use it in combat . . . If all this sounds intriguing, this is certainly the book for you." - Aviation History

Meet the Author

Professor Colin D. Heaton served in the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Marines. He was a guest historian on the History Channel program Dogfights: "Secret Weapons," and he has authored several books of military history, including German Anti-Partisan Warfare in Europe 1939—1945 and Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe, 1939—1945, which he coauthored with Anne-Marie Lewis. He has taught history and military history at American Military University. Anne-Marie Lewis received her BA with honors and MA from American Military University in international relations and is also a professional photographer. She coauthored Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe 1939—1945 with Colin Heaton, and also Noble Warrior: The Story of Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.), Medal of Honor with Colin Heaton and Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston.

Anne-Marie Lewis received her BA with honors and MA from American Military University in international relations and is also a professional photographer. Anne-Marie lives in Southport, North Carolina.

Professor Colin D. Heaton served in the U.S. Army and later the U.S. Marines as a scout sniper under Livingston's command. He was a guest historian on the History Channel program Dogfights: Secret Weapons and has authored several books of military history: German Anti-Partisan Warfare in Europe 1939—1945 (Schiffer Publishing 2001); Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe, 1939—1945 (Naval Inst. Press, 2008), which he coauthored with Anne-Marie Lewis; and Occupation and Insurgency: A Selective Examination of The Hague and Geneva Conventions on the Eastern Front (Algora, 2008). He has taught history and military history at American Military University. Anne-Marie Lewis (Southport, NC) has coauthored Night Fighters: The Luftwaffe and RAF Air Combat over Europe 1939—1945, The German Aces Speak, Noble Warrior, and is working on a biography of Hans Marseille with Colin Heaton.

Barrett Tillman is the author of Whirlwind in addition to more than 40 books and 550 articles. Tillman's work has been cited in dozens of history books and has been used as course work by the air force, the navy, and Marine Corps. He lives in Arizona with his wife, Sally.

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The Me 262 Stormbird: From the Pilots Who Flew, Fought, and Survived It 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never was a history buff, but I do like aircraft, and reading about them. I bought this book to add to my collection of Me-262 books, I think I have them all. This was the best one if you want to see what the pilots (from both sides) thought about the war, the jet, and their feelings about those factors. It must have been like a time machine when the authors interviewed these men, what a privilege. There are certain points parts of the book that lost me in academic and technical details. But the pilot interviews were very exciting. The section where all the pilots witnessed Steinhoff's crash, and then his being doused with water was very touching. I felt sorry for Steinhoff, and the men who watched this. I could not imagine what they went through, risking death daily, while fighting for a lost cause and a pariah nation. Really a great book on history in general, even if you do not read aviation. I have recommended this book to many of my friends who love WW II history.
turboguyMT More than 1 year ago
This book is indeed the final word on this aircraft, and not simply because of the history of the jet from drawing board to operational status. The men who flew this aircraft speak again about the thrill and danger of combat, the exhiliration of having a superior fighter, while openly detailing the grim business of war in the air. The "I was there" perspective from the many interviews conducted with these pilots (over twenty), tales from the cockpit so to speak, make this book a real treasure for historians, and a very enlightening read for those not familiar with the subject. The first third of the book tends to be boring for an average reader, unless you are a technical tyoe, but the remaining chpaters detailing combat, frustrations, death and victory are worthy of a major book award. not only do I recommend this book, I would highly suggest that all military leaders, pilots and serious historians incorporate this work into their reading lists. Unsurpassed excellence indeed.