This title tells the story of the creator of the Messerschmitt Me262 and provides thrilling accounts of air battles drawn from combat reports and interviews with veterans.
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In this perfect blend of sympathetic career biography and gripping military history, Harvey, who has published several thrillers, chronicles the life of the German aircraft designer and the detailed evolution of his entire line of aircraft, emphasizing the Me-109 and the Me-262 fighters. Harvey shows how the Me-109, a piston-engine craft, generally demonstrated greater effectiveness than the opposition in Europe and Russia, only meeting its match in the Spitfire over London and the P-47 Thunderbolt and P-51 Mustang bomber escort fighters over an embattled Reich. The late deployment, in July 1944, of the temperamental Me-262 jet interceptor, though a landmark plane and sometime brilliantly performing fighter, unfortunately killed as many of its pilots through accidents as were lost in combat. Harvey also reveals how Messerschmitt's Me-262 program was adversely affected by, among other things, Hitler's insistence that the jet fighter be used as a blitz bomber. Verdict Only an author with 40 years' flying experience and a connoisseur's appreciation of World War II vintage aircraft could have written such a fine book, solidly researched from family interviews, pilot reports, and appropriate secondary sources. Additionally, the dramatic writing style makes Harvey's effort a definite winner for all World War II military history buffs.-John Carver Edwards, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Casemate Publishers & Book Distributors, LLC
October 18, 2010
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