Wilhelm Johnen flew his first operational mission in July 1941, having completed his blind-flying training. In his first couple of years he brought down two enemy planes. The tally went up rapidly once the air war was escalated in spring 1943, when Air Marshal Arthur Harris of the RAF Bomber Command began the campaign dubbed the Battle of the Ruhr. During this phrase of the war Johnen´s successes were achieved against a 710-strong force of bombers. Johnen´s further successes during Harris´s subsequent Berlin offensive led to his promotion as Staffelkapitan (squadron leader) of Nachtjagdgeschwader and a move to Mainz. During a sortie from there, his Bf 110 was hit by return fire and he was forced to land in Switzerland. He and his crew were interned by the authorities. The Germans were deeply worried about leaving a sophisticatedly equipped night fighter and its important air crew in the hands of a foreign government, even if it was a neutral one. After negotiations involving Göring, the prisoners were released. Johnen´s unit moved to Hungary and by October 1944, his score was standing at 33 aerial kills. His final one came in March the following year, once Johnen had moved back to Germany. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Crossley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/011158/bk_tant_011158_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´The gratitude of every home in our island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world except in the abodes of the guilty goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unweakened by their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of world war by their prowess and their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill, August 21, 1940. At the end of August 2012, BBC ran a report about the commemoration of a young man who had been killed more than 70 years earlier. ´´A Battle of Britain pilot who was killed when his Spitfire crashed following a dogfight in the skies above Kent has been honored. Flying Officer Oswald St John ‘Ossie’ Pigg lost his life in the crash at Elvey Farm on 1 September 1940. The 22-year-old had been involved in an aerial fight with a Messerschmitt. A plaque was unveiled near the site by his niece Stephanie Haigh and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight carried out a flypast on Thursday.” Just 12 days before Pigg’s death, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had already immortalized the men of the Royal Air Force with one of the West’s most famous war-time quotes. But the sentiment and gratitude Churchill expressed back in 1940 is very much alive today. The sacrifice made by ´´The Few”, the British and Allied fighter pilots who won the Battle of Britain in 1940, remains close to the hearts of the British public, and the piece by the BBC is typical of the national sentiment manifested in air shows, museums, TV programs, and books. Even as the last of ´´The Few” pass on, it seems unlikely that the legend they helped to create will be forgotten anytime soon. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/113343/bk_acx0_113343_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As war rages over Europe, Barbara Sinclair is desperate to escape from her unhappy home, which is a target of the German Luftwaffe. Caught up by the emotion of the moment, she agrees to marry John, her childhood friend who´s leaving to join the RAF; but a meeting with Simon Farley, the son of a local industrialist, and an encounter with Alex Everton, a Spitfire pilot, complicate matters. With rationing, bombing, and the constant threat of death all around her, Barbara must unravel the complexities of her home life and the difficulties of her emotional relationships in this gripping coming-of-age wartime drama. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sandra Garston. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/044579/bk_acx0_044579_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Herbst 1940: Leutnant John ´´Fizzy´´ Fitzgerald, ein junger Amerikaner, hat sich über dem Ärmelkanal seine ersten Sporen in Luftkämpfen gegen deutsche Piloten verdient. Von seinen Vorgesetzen erfährt er, dass die Alliierten Funksprüche der Deutschen Luftwaffe abgehört haben, in denen die Rede von einem Großangriff auf London die Rede ist. Sally, Fizzys ebenso hübsche wie aufgeweckte Freundin, treibt die fürchterliche Sorge um, dass der junge Amerikaner bei einem erneuten Kampfeinsatz von einem deutschen Fliegerass vom Himmel geschossen werden könnte. Während Fizzy versucht, ihr die Angst zu nehmen, trifft der nächste Einsatzbefehl ein... 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Robert Frank. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/001214/bk_lind_001214_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
John Comer kept a journal of the 25 missions he flew in 1943, when the casualty rate on his base was close to 80 percent. His book is handwritten history, recorded within hours after the battles occurred. Comer vividly creates his experiences as top-turret gunner/flight engineer in a B-17 squadron that was thrown against the best pilots the Luftwaffe could offer. In 1943 the army air force had no long-range fighters to protect the B-17s as they flew deep into enemy territory. Immediate, straightforward, and compelling, Combat Crew is a classic of aerial warfare. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/004719/bk_tant_004719_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
France had fallen. All Britain waited for the inevitable German invasion. But first the Luftwaffe must destroy the Royal Air Force. It was the greatest air battle of all time against seemingly overwhelming odds. This programme follows the events of the epic weeks of the summer of 1940 and pays tribute to Winston Churchill´s ´´Few´´ who saved Britain from the Nazi hordes. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Murray, Michael Burrell, John Graham, Gary Hope, Michael Kilgarriff, Sandra Frieze, Mandy More. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/berg/000049/pf_berg_000049_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Juni 1944: John F. Fitzgerald, Pilot einer Mustang P-51 und in Diensten der Royal Air Force stehend, wird als Fliegerass Heimaturlaub zugestanden, den er mit seiner Verlobten Sally auf dem Land verbringt. Doch die Ablenkung vom Krieg währt nur kurz, denn zu sehr wird sein fliegerisches Talent im Kampf gegen die Deutschen benötigt... Desmond G. Sullivans ´´Fliegergeschichten´´ sind eine Sammlung von fiktiven Erzählungen über eins der dunkelsten Kapitel der Weltgeschichte: Der Luftkrieg während des Zweiten Weltkriegs. Ungeschönt und ohne Verherrlichung werden die militärischen Kriegseinsätze im Wechsel aus der Perspektive der deutschen Luftwaffe der Wehrmacht - oder aus der Sicht der Alliierten Royal Air Force und der United States Army Air Forces geschildert. Eine spannende und fesselnde Serie über die folgenschweren Einsätze der kriegführenden Nationen, die immer das Leben der jeweiligen Kampfpiloten ins Zentrum stellt. 1. Sprache: Deutsch. Erzähler: Robert Frank. Hörprobe: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lind/002158/bk_lind_002158_sample.mp3. Digitales Hörbuch im AAX Format.
In this engaging audiobook, we see how an 18-year-old miner shoveling ore from deep in the ground in Utah suddenly found himself, only two years later, 30,000 feet in the air over Nazi Germany, piloting a Flying Fortress in the first wave of America´s air counteroffensive in Europe. Like thousands of other young Americans, Ray Brim was plucked by the US Army to be a combat flyer and was quickly pitted against the hardened veterans of the Luftwaffe. Brim turned out to have a natural knack for flying, however, and was assigned to the select squadron developing lead Pathfinder techniques while experimenting with radar. He was among the first to test the teeth of the Luftwaffe´s defenses, and once those techniques had been honed, thousands of other bomber crews would follow into the maelstrom, from which 80,000 never returned. Pathfinder Pioneer gives us vivid insights into the genesis of the American air campaign, told with the humor, attention to detail, and humility that captures the heart and soul of our Greatest Generation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pruden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008032/bk_tant_008032_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.