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Duel Under the Stars

The Memoir of a Luftwaffe Night Pilot in World War II
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
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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.

©1956 Richard Bärenfeld Verlag, Düsseldorf and Wilhelm Johnen; copyright 2009 by Verlagshaus Würzburg GmbH & Co. KG; translation copyright 2018 by Greenhill Books; foreword copyright 2018 by James Holland (P)2018 Tantor

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The best pilots in history

Another incredible and chivalrous account from a brave Luftwaffe pilot of the night fighter wing.

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This book has been an accurate account of the Lufftwaffe during the second world war.

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  • rascallybear
  • 02-05-19

A great book, but didn't like the narrator

I've read this book, in its printed form, many times. It is fascinating to hear the night fighter story from the other side. But I simply couldn't get on with the voice of the narrator of this audio book. Otherwise it'd have been 5 stars. I think Amazon offer it as a Kindle book, together with the Audible narration add-on, so I'd highly recommend you buy the Kindle version and, maybe, try the add-on narrative. You can always return the narration if you don't like it. The book is well worth reading.

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