Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > Aircrew Forums > Military Aviation
Reload this Page >

A very good military read

Military Aviation A forum for the professionals who fly military hardware. Also for the backroom boys and girls who support the flying and maintain the equipment, and without whom nothing would ever leave the ground. All armies, navies and air forces of the world equally welcome here.

A very good military read

Old 11th Aug 2020, 07:26
  #641 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Nearby
Posts: 86
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Mogwi View Post
Covid reading has included Malta Spitfire Pilot by Denis Barnham. A brilliantly written account of his 10 weeks flying Spitfires from Malta in the early summer of '42. It makes my 6 weeks in the South Atlantic look like very tame!

Also Going Solo by Roald Dahl. This covers his story from the start of the war as a volunteer pilot in East Africa, through his near-fatal crash in a Gladaitor in the dessert and then flying Hurricanes in Greece as the Germans advanced ever closer.

Both rivetting stuff.

mog
Al Murray reads Denis Barnam's book on We Have Ways of Making You Talk. He is currently working his way through Pierre Clostermann's book 'The Big Show' the experiences of a French fighter pilot flying for the RAF in WWII. Both worth a punt.
Whinging Tinny is offline  
Old 11th Aug 2020, 22:36
  #642 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Singapore
Posts: 320
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
" The Limits of Air Power "-(Mark Clodfelter) does a good job of explaining why the greatest military force the world had ever known was still unable to win a conventional war against a basically peasant Vietnamese army .
Phantom Driver is offline  
Old 9th Nov 2020, 16:31
  #643 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: UK
Posts: 482
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
A great read (or listen)

For those who have an interest in air combat or the legend of John Boyd, then this book is a great read.

It explains where a lot of the Threatweb and kinematic data we have used for yrs has come from and the background to the OODA Loop.




heights good is offline  
Old 9th Nov 2020, 16:41
  #644 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: UK
Posts: 585
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Second that motion. A really good read.
Doctor Cruces is offline  
Old 9th Nov 2020, 18:41
  #645 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Down South
Posts: 364
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Col. Boyd gave us the greatest jet fighter the world has ever known - the F-15 Eagle.

For that, he will always be a legend alone... and that doesn't scratch the surface of his excellence.

He really did change the air war.
BVRAAM is offline  
Old 9th Nov 2020, 20:30
  #646 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Here and there
Age: 39
Posts: 241
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by BVRAAM View Post
Col. Boyd gave us the greatest jet fighter the world has ever known - the F-15 Eagle.

For that, he will always be a legend alone... and that doesn't scratch the surface of his excellence.

He really did change the air war.
I think you need to read the book... his was the F16 - he was against the F15.
frodo_monkey is offline  
Old 9th Nov 2020, 20:30
  #647 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Bomber County
Age: 72
Posts: 198
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Also Going Solo by Roald Dahl. This covers his story from the start of the war as a volunteer pilot in East Africa, through his near-fatal crash in a Gladaitor in the dessert and then flying Hurricanes in Greece as the Germans advanced ever closer.
The inflexibility of his command chain was gobsmacking. I thought by that stage of the war sqn cdrs etc were more switched on.
radar101 is offline  
Old 14th Nov 2020, 11:45
  #648 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: South East of Penge
Age: 72
Posts: 1,723
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
An Officer. Not a Gentleman. Mandy Hickson
The Service autobiography of one of the first Lady RAF fast jet Pilots.
The author takes you through, in a candid manner, her progress in the system up to and including operational flying on II(AC) Tornadoes.
Recommended.
Haraka is offline  
Old 14th Nov 2020, 15:28
  #649 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Co. Down
Age: 81
Posts: 630
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Combat Crew by John Comer. As riveting a read as Wellum's First Light, B17 turret-gunner Comer draws us into his life of nissen huts and muddy Norfolk airfields, of towering clouds and terror in the skies over Germany. Available on Kindle.
Geriaviator is offline  
Old 14th Nov 2020, 18:38
  #650 (permalink)  
Green Flash
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I hope I have not committed a PPRuNe no-no but there is a rather good reading list on the WHWOMYT website here at https://wehavewayspod.com/books/


 
Old 16th Nov 2020, 15:11
  #651 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: england
Posts: 1,099
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Team,

I'm looking for a definitive but relatively concise guide to the evolution of air combat in WW1. Anyone know any good academic papers or shortish book on the subject?

Target
pba_target is offline  
Old 16th Nov 2020, 15:45
  #652 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Herefordshire
Posts: 318
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by pba_target View Post
Team,

I'm looking for a definitive but relatively concise guide to the evolution of air combat in WW1. Anyone know any good academic papers or shortish book on the subject?

Target
Try Aces High - The War in the Air Over the Western Front 1914-18 by Alan Clark.
Video Mixdown is online now  
Old 16th Nov 2020, 21:00
  #653 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Bedford
Age: 47
Posts: 26
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Try, “A brief history of The Royal Flying Corps in World War One” by Ralph Barker.
It is an excellent read.
LeftBlank is offline  
Old 16th Nov 2020, 21:27
  #654 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: North Yorkshire....God's Country
Age: 58
Posts: 414
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Geriaviator View Post
Combat Crew by John Comer. As riveting a read as Wellum's First Light, B17 turret-gunner Comer draws us into his life of nissen huts and muddy Norfolk airfields, of towering clouds and terror in the skies over Germany. Available on Kindle.
My god........I'd forgotten all about that book! Fabulous and moving read!
mopardave is offline  
Old 9th Feb 2021, 21:45
  #655 (permalink)  
AR1
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Nottinghamshire
Age: 61
Posts: 699
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Airborne Aircrew View Post
A Rumour of War - Philip Caputo - Vietnam War Infantry Officer

The Devils Guard - George Robert Elford - Ex-German SS Foreign Legion in Vietnam

The Big Show - Pierre Closterman DFC & bar - WWII Free-French fighter pilot in the RAF
Reading the latter, and for three days now, enjoyed it. However by day four as he's bounced by another 40 190'a I'm thinking of all the other books i've read, Paul Richey etc, were nowhere near this exciting. Hope im not doing Pierre a disservice, but I can't help but question the heroics and smell a bit, well. Bovine.

Anyway. Back to the book.
AR1 is offline  
Old 10th Feb 2021, 07:09
  #656 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: West Woop Woop
Age: 51
Posts: 55
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
My current read (2nd time around) which I'm really enjoying: The Silver Spitfire by Tom Neil. The tale (in his own words) of a 23 year old Sqn Ldr seconded to the yanks at the beginning of 1944 .. and an illicitly acquired personal spitfire!
rich34glider is offline  
Old 10th Feb 2021, 07:31
  #657 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: France
Posts: 164
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi a hope this hasn't been mentioned before:
"The history of Dive Bombing" by Peter C. Smith. The idea that it covers, along with the history, are the reasons that the upper echelons of the RAF desired not to be too involved, at the time, in dive bombing because they saw themselves as upholders of strategic bombing ideology ( Trenchard and Douhet ) not Army cooperation. There is more about the history of dive bombing from the start in 1911 to 2007 and is very informative.

I found this book very good, it can be found here at the longest river also other quality book sellers. For those with a kindle 0.82 !

https://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Dive-Bombing-Comprehensive-Onward/dp/1844155927/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2UFYDYUL45746&dchild=1&keywords=a+history+of+dive+bombing&qid=1609489971&sprefix=History+of+Dive+Bombing%2Caps%2C230&sr=8-1 https://www.amazon.co.uk/History-Dive-Bombing-Comprehensive-Onward/dp/1844155927/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2UFYDYUL45746&dchild=1&keywords=a+history+of+dive+bombing&qid=1609489971&sprefix=History+of+Dive+Bombing%2Caps%2C230&sr=8-1
Ddraig Goch is offline  
Old 10th Feb 2021, 08:55
  #658 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: 350/3 Compton
Age: 74
Posts: 565
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hostile Skies released as an audio book shortly.


Amazon Amazon
Mogwi is online now  
Old 10th Feb 2021, 09:01
  #659 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Often in Jersey, but mainly in the past.
Age: 77
Posts: 7,188
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Just finished reading it, and agree with your comments.

It was also flagged up on the famous "Gaining an RAF Pilot's Brevet in WW II" thread", where the late Danny42C featured so often and was a Vengeance pilot in the Far East.
Gaining An R.A.F Pilots Brevet In WW II
MPN11 is offline  
Old 10th Feb 2021, 11:04
  #660 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: uk
Posts: 884
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
+1 for Clostermann.

Carrier Pilot by Norman Hanson who ended up flying Corsairs in the Pacific theatre.
deltahotel is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.