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.
Hell Above Earth tells an unforgettable story of two World War II American bomber pilots who forged an unexpected but enduring bond in the flak-filled skies over Nazi Germany. But there´s a twist: one of them was related to the head of the Luftwaffe, Reich Marshal Herman Goering, and the other had secret orders from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to kill him if anything went wrong during their missions. A heart-wrenching Greatest Generation buddy story, an adrenaline-filled account of aerial combat, and a work of popular history, Hell Above Earth centers around the author´s discovery of a half-century old secret that has far-reaching and deeply personal repercussions for the pilots, and profound consequences for the FBI and the ´´Mighty´´ Eighth Air Force. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pete Larkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/002452/bk_tant_002452_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
September 1942. Karl Deichman knows that if he carries out orders to lead a precision bomb attack on the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, he will probably kill his English cousin - with whom, long ago, he swore friendship until death. But a pilot from the German Luftwaffe has no choice - the attack must proceed.After the war, and consumed by guilt, Karl returns to London on a quest to find out the fate of his cousin and uncover the secret of the Dartmouth conspiracy. But tension mounts as he is unwittingly drawn into a lethal trap. It isn´t until Karl´s final visit to Dartmouth in 2005 that the final jigsaw piece is slotted into place. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Tudor Barnes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/000543/bk_isis_000543_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
London, 1940: The Luftwaffe blitzes London every night for 57 nights. Houses, shops, and entire streets are wiped from the map. The underworld is in flux: The Italian criminals who dominated the West End have been interned, and now their rivals are fighting to replace them. Meanwhile, hidden in the shadows, the Black-Out Ripper sharpens his knife and sets to his grisly work. Henry Irving is a disgraced reporter on a Fleet Street scandal rag. Genius detective sergeant Charlie Murphy is a fresh face in the Metropolitan police, hunting corrupt colleagues but blinkered by ambition and jealousy. His brother, detective inspector Frank Murphy, searches frantically for his runaway daughter, terrified that she will be the killer´s next victim. As the Ripper stalks the terrified streets, the three men discover that his handiwork is not quite what it seems. Conspirators are afoot, taking advantage of the chaos to settle old scores. The murders invade the lives of the victims and victimizers on both sides of the law, as everyone is sucked deeper and deeper into Soho´s black heart. Based on a little-known true story, The Black Mile is a roller-coaster ride of an audiobook. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Brian J. Gill. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021318/bk_acx0_021318_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.