Luftwaffe Eagle

A WW2 German Airman's Story

Erich Sommer

Compelling account of one man's adventures of flying for the Luftwaffe and his remarkable life in Nazi Germany.
Date Published :
June 2018
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Contributor(s) :
Erich Sommer
Illustration :
b/w illustrations throughout, 1 x color photo section
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781910690543
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
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$35.00

Overview
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In this compelling memoir, Erich Sommer recalls his life in pre-war Germany and the adventures he had flying for the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. Born in 1912, the third son of a district court judge, Erich grew up in an atmosphere of uncertainty following the First World War. In 1932 he started training as a brewery engineer, shortly afterwards the Nazis came to power. The implications this had on the lives of average Germans are described in great detail.

When war came in 1939, he became a navigator, successfully serving with the Luftwaffe’s first pathfinding unit, then a special and little-known control commission in Morocco to monitor the disarmament of Vichy French forces. This led to training as a pilot and Erich joining the high-altitude reconnaissance squadron in missions over Britain. He was then sent to the Russian Front, flying the relatively rare Junkers Ju 86 bomber and high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft fitted with pressurized cabins. He also flew the He 11 in a radar-equipped anti-shipping unit and the revolutionary Arado Ar 234 jet – leading to Erich’s participation in the world’s first jet-reconnaissance sortie over the invasion front and ending his war in Italy. After the war, Erich moved with his wife to Australia where he lived peacefully until his death in 2004.

With a detailed introduction from acclaimed Luftwaffe historian J. Richard Smith and illustrated throughout with photographs from private family albums, Luftwaffe Eagle is a fascinating insight into the life of an exceptional Luftwaffe pilot and navigator.

About The Author
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J. Richard Smith is a retired engineering instructor with an international telecommunications company. He began researching German aviation over fifty years ago, working closely with his good friend Eddie Creek. Their first book, German Aircraft of the Second World War, was published in 1972 and was followed by over twenty others on the subject. These included an acclaimed four-volume history of the Me 262, and three others on the Fw 190. Their latest publication is a revised version of a previous book on the Dornier Do 335. Richard is also secretary of the West Midlands branch of the Elgar Society, and has written a book on the composer which has achieved critical acclaim. He lives in Worcestershire.

J. Richard Smith is a retired engineering instructor with an international telecommunications company. He began researching German aviation over fifty years ago, working closely with his good friend Eddie Creek. Their first book, German Aircraft of the Second World War, was published in 1972 and was followed by over twenty others on the subject. These included an acclaimed four-volume history of the Me 262, and three others on the Fw 190. Their latest publication is a revised version of a previous book on the Dornier Do 335. Richard is also secretary of the West Midlands branch of the Elgar Society, and has written a book on the composer which has achieved critical acclaim. He lives in Worcestershire.

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