Heaven Next Stop: A Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot at War

Heaven Next Stop: A Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot at War PDF/EPUB ¹ Next Stop: A Kindle Ï Stop: A Luftwaffe Fighter eBook Ð Next Stop: A Luftwaffe Fighter eBook Ð Stop: A PDF Å Heaven Next ePUB É First published in , Heaven Next Stop is the vivid personal story of a German fighter pilot set in the latter years of the Second World War Gunther Bloemertz was one of the. First published in , Heaven Next Stop is the vivid personal story of a German fighter pilot set in the latter years of the Second World War Gunther Bloemertz was one of the legendary Abbeville Boys of Jagdgeschwaderwho flew Focke Wulf FW day fighters from their base in northern France against intruding RAF fighters and USAAF bombers Bloemertz describes life and death on the squadron, his fellow pilots and their almost daily duels with RAF Spitfires and USAAF Flying Fortresses, fought at both ground level and in the stratosphere over the Pas de Calais Following the D Day landings his Geschwader was eventually forced to retreat into Germany in Augustfrom where they fought an increasingly desperate battle against the Allied massed bomber streams On New Year s Dayhe took part in the massive Luftwaffe dawn attack on Allied airfields in Belgium and Holland, Operation Bodenplatte , which claimed the lives of many Allied airmen and destroyed dozens of aircraft on the ground Bloemertz concludes his story by relating the part he played as a fighter pilot defending the crumbling Third Reich in its final death throes, when he and fellow pilot Werner were all that remained of the original Abbeville Boys In the last hours of the war both Gunther and Werner were shot down in dogfights with Allied fighters Werner was killed and Gunther baled out of his aircraft, his face and body horrifically burned Heaven Next Stop gives us a fascinating insight into the lives of the Luftwaffe s fighter pilots during the Second World War It also emphasizes that apart from the small number of Nazi fanatics in their ranks, there was little to distinguish the average Luftwaffe pilotfrom his opposite numbers in the RAF or USAAF Looking at a photograph of RAF pilots in a magazine, one of Bloemertz s fellow pilots exclaims Have a look at those faces They might just as well belong to us