The ME 262 Stormbird : from the pilots who flew, fought, and survived it / Colin D. Heaton.
By: Heaton, Colin D.Material type: BookPublisher: Minneapolis : MBI Pub. Co., c2012Edition: First edition.Description: xiv, 322 pages : illustrations, ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780760342633 (hbk.); 0760342636 (hbk.).Other title: Messerchmidt 262 Stormbird.Subject(s): Messerschmitt 262 (Jet fighter plane) | Germany. Luftwaffe. Jagdgeschwader 7 -- History | Fighter pilots -- Germany -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operationsDDC classification: 940.54/4943
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
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.
Includes bibliographical references (p.295-299)
Too little, too late -- On the drawing board -- Test flights -- In the field -- Competition and innovation -- The stormbird takes wing -- A questionable political decision -- First encounters -- Challenges of the jet -- Night and day -- Fighting the fighters -- Fighting the bombers -- Kommando Mowotny -- The death of Nowotny -- Kommando Nowotny carries on -- Victories in the face of defeat -- Allied forces fight back -- The last death throes of JG-7 -- Galland and the squadron of experts -- The loss of Steinhoff -- Back in the air -- Galland's last mission -- The end of the war and JV-44 -- Operations Lusty and Paperclip : the post-war scramble for jets -- Appendix 1 : "My last mission / by Joe Petersbur -- Appendix 2 : German ranks and medals -- Appendix 3 -- Additional ME 262 data.