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The Final Hours: The Luftwaffe Plot against Goring
Fighter ace Col. Johannes Steinhoff commanded an elite group of pilots trained to fly the first jet aircraft employed in combat, the famous Messerschmitt Me-262, at a time when Reich Marshal Hermann Goring, by then out of favor with Hitler for his failure to stop the Allied bombing raids, denounced his own pilots as cowards. After Goring refused to deploy the Me-262 as a ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published August 31st 2005 by Potomac Books
(first published January 1st 1985)
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As a long-time military aviation history buff, I've read plenty of unit-level and personal accounts, representing both Allied and Axis nations, of World War II air combat, but this is probably my favorite yet. In large part this is because unlike most authors, Steinhoff (despite being the 22rd highest-ranking ace of all time) does not attempt to present a comprehensive history of his career. Instead, he limits the book to a brief account of a few key incidents in late 1944 to spring 1945, when ...more
Fascinating true account of a Luftwaffe pilot during the last days of WWII. Germany had developed the first jet aircraft during the last days of the war, but Steinhoff thought it was not being used effectively for German defense, due to Goering’s incompetence. He describes how he and a few of his comrades tried to get rid of “Fatty” (Goering), even going so far as to consider assassination.