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John's comments from the THE WORLD WAR TWO GROUP group.

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2059 'Aussie Rick' wrote: "Here an American pilot talks about the punishment his P-47 Thunderbolt withstood after a fight with some German Fw-190’s:

“There are twenty-one gaping holes and jagged tears in the metal from expl..."

Was that pilot Robert Johnson? It sounds like what he described in his book,Thunderbolt!: An Extraordinary Story of a World War II Ace. There was an episode of "Dogfights" on the History Channel years ago about that.
May 23, 2012 09:01PM

2059 Steve wrote: "Yes I am and also a season ticket holder. Originally from Liverpool but have lived in the US for many years. I try to get back as often as I can to watch the games. I was also in Istanbul when we won the Champions League in 2005. Do you follow the Premier League? "

That's awesome! That must have have been amazing to be in Istanbul for that match. I do follow Premier League, though I'm a ManU fan (don't hate me LOL). I'll watch any match that I can, even the really early ones. One of these days I want to go to England and go to a match, hopefully sooner rather then later. I'm looking forward to Euro 2012 and keeping an eye on MLS now that Premier League is done.
May 23, 2012 07:03PM

2059 Steve wrote: "Hi John,

We have a lot in common. I live in the Bay Area, a father of two, a musician in my free time, huge soccer fan, and an avid reader of WW2, musical biographies and of course books on soccer. Currently reading "

That's awesome! Looks like an interesting book. Are you a Liverpool supporter?
May 22, 2012 07:18PM

2059 'Aussie Rick' wrote: "Great TV series The World at War, I got the re-release series on DVD and I'm half way through watching it.

I'm glad you mentioned Ballentine's History of WWII books, they were a great series. I ha..."

I saw it recently, I think History International was airing it for a while. I need to pick up the DVDs at some point.

I see the Ballentine's books quite a bit, but they almost always have the ones that I already have. My two favorites are Martin Caidin's "ME 109" book and John Vader's "Spitfire".
May 21, 2012 08:13PM

2059 My dad, aside from being an officer in the Army for 30 years, is a big fan of military history, and his book shelf always had fascinating books about WWII and other wars. We've had long discussions about particular aspects of the, tactics, certain battles, etc.......and I remember watching "World at War" with him when it was airing on PBS back in the 70's, though for the longest time all I could remember was the opening sequence until I saw it again on VHS years later.

One set of books that I would turn to a lot in my youth, and got me on the path to more reading, was the Ballentine's History of WWII books. I have a little more then 30 of the 150 or so books they published, but I found them intriguing.
May 21, 2012 07:57PM

2059 Thanks for the warm welcome everyone :-)

Nick wrote: "If anyone is a fan of military aviation (or aviation in general for that matter), then YOU MUST GO TO WPAFB MUSEUM IMMEDIATELY! And contact me and I will meet you there. I go there whenever I can find an excuse."

If I ever make my way over there, I'll be sure to let you know. :-) Definitely something that I want to see one of these days.
2059 Chrissy wrote: "Have added all 5 books to my wishlist. Thanks John :)"

My pleasure! :-)
2059 My Pleasure. Here are a few more:

To Fly and Fight  Memoirs of a Triple Ace by Clarence E. Anderson by Clarence E. Anderson

The Black Sheep  The Definitive History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II by Bruce Gamble by Bruce Gamble

Black Sheep One  The Life of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington by Bruce Gamble by Bruce Gamble
May 21, 2012 06:08AM

2059 'Aussie Rick' wrote: "Hi John and welcome to the group. I hope you find a few interesting titles here and I look forward to chatting with you further about some good WW2 books."

Thanks Aussie Rick!
2059 Has anyone read The Big Show: The Greatest Pilot's Story of World War II? This is one of my favorites.

Another favorite of mine is JG 26: Top Guns of the Luftwaffe.
May 20, 2012 09:47PM

2059 Hi Everyone,

My name is John, I live in Rohnert Park, just north of San Francisco. I'm a father of two, a musician in my free time, huge soccer fan, and an avid reader. While lately my reading has taken me into science fiction for the most part, I enjoy reading just about any book on WWII, with special emphasis on the aviation side of things. I'm looking forward to sharing some of my favorite books and reading many more in the future.


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