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Ulrich describes his 150 grueling missions as a fighter pilot par excellence, until being shot down and captured over England in October 1940.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 30th 2004 by Crecy Publishing Ltd (first published August 30th 1990)
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This is a rather unique book - a memoir of a Luftwaffe fighter pilot, covering his life and experiences from childhood to the day he was shot down and taken prisoner during last days of Battle of Britain. It is extremely interesting read, but not for the obvious reasons. Those who will pick up this book in hope of reading riveting descriptions of dog-fights with Spitfires and Hurricanes will be gravely disappointed; there is precious little of that sort of material in this book. But for a person ...more
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Not a lot of combat action but an interesting view of the early air war from the German side.
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Ulrich Steinhilper was born near the end of World War I in the midst of an air raid on Stuttgart. He spent his early childhood in a small village and then moved to a town where his father was a teacher.

In 1936, Steinhilper successfully tested for Luftwaffe flight training and was granted his high school diploma early. As a cadet, he mastered the Heinkel 72 Cadet and the Focke Wulf 44 Goldfinch, r

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