I Flew for the Fuhrer: The Memoirs of a Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot

Autor Heinz Knoke
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 30 noi 2020

Heinz Knocke was one of the outstanding German fighter pilots of World War II and this vivid first-hand record of his experiences has become a classic among aviation memoirs, a best-selling counter-balance to the numerous accounts written by Allied pilots. Knoke joined the Luftwaffe on the outbreak of war, and eventually became commanding officer of a fighter wing. An outstandingly brave and skilful fighter, he logged over two thousand flights, and shot down fifty-two enemy aircraft.

He had flown over four hundred operational missions before being crippled by wounds in an astonishing 'last stand' towards the end of the war. He was awarded the Knight's Cross for his achievements. In a text that reveals his intense patriotism and discipline, he describes being brought up in the strict Prussian tradition, the rise of the Nazi regime, and his own wartime career set against a fascinating study of everyday life in the Luftwaffe, and of the high morale of the force until its disintegration.

His memoirs are set in a new perspective, and are both a valuable contribution to aviation literature and a moving human story.

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ISBN-13: 9781784386023
ISBN-10: 1784386022
Pagini: 208
Ilustrații: 32 black and white illustrations
Dimensiuni: 132 x 213 x 17 mm
Greutate: 0.22 kg

Notă biografică

Heinz Knoke was a World War II Luftwaffe flying ace. He is credited with 33 confirmed aerial victories, all claimed over the Western theatre of operations, and claimed a further 19 unconfirmed kills in more than 2,000 flights. His total included 19 heavy bombers of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 27 April 1945. He died on 18 May 1993.