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Publisher's Summary

In this dramatic story of World War II, Jay A. Stout describes how the US built an air force of 2.3 million men after starting with 45,000 and defeated the world's best air force. In order to defeat Germany in World War II, the Allies needed to destroy the Third Reich's industry and invade its territory, but before they could effectively do either, they had to defeat the Luftwaffe, whose state-of-the-art aircraft and experienced pilots protected German industry and would batter any attempted invasion. This difficult task fell largely to the US, which, at the outset, lacked the necessary men, material, and training. Over the ensuing years, thanks to visionary leadership and diligent effort, the US Army Air Force developed strategies and tactics and assembled a well-trained force that convincingly defeated the Luftwaffe.

©2010 Jay A. Stout (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"A marvelously written work! Stout...offers stirring firsthand accounts of the strategies and doctrines that won the air war over Europe." (Col. Walter J. Boyne [Ret.], USAF, former director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum)

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  • david
  • houlton, wi, United States
  • 07-27-17

A must read for WWII buffs

I thought I had exhausted interesting topics for WWII books. I was wrong. This is a unique focus on the USAF from it's infancy prior to WWII to the machine it became by the end of WWII. Also sprinkled in are 1st hand recollections from those who served. A perfect combination and tribute. I'm really glad I stumbled onto this book!

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Great anecdotes.

This book is not well organized (or I could not recognize how it was organized) but it is full of interesting vignettes that more than make up for that one drawback.

The performance is excellent.

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Fantastic

A fantastic, comprehensive look at the American air forces in Europe during World War II. Plenty of personal accounts mixed in which were all incredible to hear.

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The whole story

A lifetime student of WWII, the son of an Ace, who escaped twice from POW status, I must say this is the most comprehensive and informative work I've encountered.
This is s must read!

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  • Michael
  • Great Falls, MT, United States
  • 03-06-17

Great book!

What did you love best about The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe?

I loved the numerous personal stories of the men who flew and crewed the US military aircraft.

What did you like best about this story?

I love military history, and I am fascinated with military aviation. I am especially interested in WWII. This is one of the best books I have read dealing with those subjects.

Have you listened to any of Paul Woodson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended.

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great book!!

very consise and well laid out, presents a great broad and specific look at the entirety of the air war in europe during ww2 from both the individual fliers to the leadership of the us army air force

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Give them the gun!

Would you listen to The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe again? Why?

Yes probably so! Rich in details I am sure I missed the 1st time arouind,

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe?

Too many to count. Fantastic in detail, personalities, tactics,,,the works.

What does Paul Woodson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Inflection and emotion. He doesn't just read the story. He explains it and brings it to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

NO!! Too much for 1 sitting. It must be savored.

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What a cocky bunch of fighter jocks those men were. The best part is their legacy lives on in our current forces. Where do find men and women like this ? I am glad we can still grow them!

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ARMY AIR CORPS HEROES

A great story about the average men we hold in high esteem - WWII airmen.

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For any WWII Aviation buff

Very interesting and compelling first hand accounts. The narrator did fine. I think he could have done a little better voice inflections to distinguish quotes from the narrative, but it doesn't affect the overall quality at all.

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  • David
  • West Olive, MI, United States
  • 05-19-17

Great History Lesson

Very detailed story of the men who killed the Luftwaffe. If you enjoy war history in general and especially aviation history, you'll enjoy this book.

We owe these men a gratitude we can never repay. Their bravery and heroism can never repay. America repaid these men by ignoring them.

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