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Fighting Hitler's Jets: The Extraordinary Story of the American…

by Robert F. Dorr

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Dorr uses a personal touch to structure his narrative of the Germans who flew the Me 262 and the Americans who flew against it, providing sketches of the personal history of a small set of the pilots on each side. In general this produces an engaging narrative and an interesting window into this slice of the larger air war.

A couple shortcomings keep this from being a more serious history. First, Dorr repeatedly references conspiracy theories about secret Nazi ice bases, Nazi anti-gravity or time travel technology, or UFOs. To be clear, Dorr does not endorse these theories and calls them what they are, but that doesn't answer why he chose to repeatedly reference them in an otherwise evidence-based book. Second, the narrative bounces around with little rhyme or reason that I could discern - sometimes jumping forward to talk about events nine or twelve months in the future, sometimes jumping back to fill in some gap. It is all written in a readable enough manner that following these twists and tuns isn't onerous but it does make it difficult to construct a holistic understanding of the history of jet fighters and bombers in WWII.

I also would have appreciated some more explication of some of the technical differences between the various jet designs. Dorr cites differences in compressor technologies, for example, but doesn't offer much explanation of the consequences of these differing technologies.

These limitations did not keep me from enjoying the read, however, and it is an entertaining view of an interesting aspect of the air war.
  JLHeim | Sep 17, 2014 |
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Fighting Hitler's Jets brings together in a single, character-driven narrative two groups of men at war: on one side, American fighter pilots and others who battled the secret “wonder weapons” with which Adolf Hitler hoped to turn the tide; on the other, the German scientists, engineers, and pilots who created and used these machines of war on the cutting edge of technology. Written by Robert F. Dorr, renowned author of Zenith Press titles Hell Hawks!, Mission to Berlin, and Mission to Tokyo, the story begins with a display of high-tech secret weapons arranged for Hitler at a time when Germany still had prospects of winning the war. It concludes with Berlin in rubble and the Allies seeking German technology in order to jumpstart their own jet-powered aviation programs. Along the way, Dorr expertly describes the battles in the sky over the Third Reich that made it possible for the Allies to mount the D-Day invasion and advance toward Berlin. Finally, the book addresses both facts and speculation about German weaponry and leaders, including conspiracy theorists’ view that Hitler escaped in a secret aircraft at the war’s end. Where history and controversy collide with riveting narrative, Fighting Hitler’s Jets furthers a repertoire that comprises some of the United States’ most exceptional military writing.

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"Fighting Hitler's Jets brings together in a single, character-driven narrative two groups of men at war: on one side, American fighter pilots and others who battled the secret "wonder weapons" with which Adolf Hitler hoped to turn the tide; on the other, the German scientists, engineers, and pilots who created and used these machines of war on the cutting edge of technology. Written by Robert F. Dorr, renowned author of Zenith Press titles Hell Hawks!, Mission to Berlin, and Mission to Tokyo, the story begins with a display of high-tech secret weapons arranged for Hitler at a time when Germany still had prospects of winning the war. It concludes with Berlin in rubble and the Allies seeking German technology in order to jumpstart their own jet-powered aviation programs. Along the way, Dorr expertly describes the battles in the sky over the Third Reich that made it possible for the Allies to mount the D-Day invasion and advance toward Berlin. Finally, the book addresses both facts and speculation about German weaponry and leaders, including conspiracy theorists' view that Hitler escaped in a secret aircraft at the war's end. Where history and controversy collide with riveting narrative, Fighting Hitler's Jets furthers a repertoire that comprises some of the United States' most exceptional military writing. "--… (more)

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