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AFA Chapter 118 Recommended Reading

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Thud Pilot is the personal account of a combat fighter pilot who flew the Air Forces premier fighter-bomber in the most dangerous skies over North Vietnam. In the first five years of the Vietnam War, the F-105 Thunderchief conducted 75 percent of the Air Force bombing missions over North Vietnam. Thud Pilot tells the story of the courageous men who flew the F-105 from its earliest combat deployment in 1964, and on through 1966, the year of its heaviest losses.


This is the inspiring true story of Captain Robert Trimble, who laid his life on the line to rescue hundreds of World War II POWs, including women and children, on the Eastern Front.


This is a very readable and intriguing history of naval warfare between Britain and Germany in World War I. Robert K. Massie's narrative is as enticing as a good novel; his characterizations are wonderful. He's written this book fairly down the middle, although he does clearly idolize the late Admiral John Jellicoe and disapprove a bit of Jellicoe's rival, Admiral David Beatty.


A well laid out take on the lead-up to World War I seen from the perspective of the naval rivalry between Britain and Germany in the latter half of the 19th Century.


The should-have-been-told-decades-ago story of Roy Benavidez, a Green Beret who voluntarily tagged along on a rescue mission during the Vietnam War and saved the lives of eight American and South Vietnamese warriors, nearly at the cost of his own life. When a SOG infiltration team was discovered and attacked during a mission to document enemy violation of treaties regarding Laos and Cambodia, the rescue choppers trying to pull them out were shot up so badly they had to fly back to base to repair and refuel so they could try again. In Eric Blehm's skilled telling of this story, the reader is there for the fateful battle from the insertion to Benavidez's impromptu decision to accompany one of the rescue crews, to his incredible acts of bravery to keep his men alive and get them home.


During the Vietnam War, a secret war was fought across the fence in Laos, Cambodia and North Vietnam, unknown to the media or the public, under the aegis of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam s top secret Studies and Observations Group. SOG s chain of command for missions and after-action reports extended to the White House and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

For eight years, far beyond the battlefields of Vietnam and the glare of media distortions, American Green Berets fought a deadly secret war in Laos and Cambodia under the aegis of the top secret Military Assistance Command Vietnam Studies and Observations Group, or SOG. Go deep into the jungle with five SOG warriors surrounded by 10,000 enemy troops as they stack up the dead to build a human buttress for protection.

The astonishing, never before told story of the greatest rescue mission of World War II when the OSS set out to recover more than 500 airmen trapped behind enemy lines in Yugoslavia...

During a bombing campaign over Romanian oil fields, hundreds of American airmen were shot down in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia. Local Serbian farmers and peasants risked their own lives to give refuge to the soldiers while they waited for rescue, and in 1944, Operation Halyard was born. The risks were incredible.

An extraordinary feat of journalism . . . full of emotion and color. Karl Marlantes, Wall Street Journal

The first battle book from Mark Bowden since his #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down, Hue 1968 is the story of the centerpiece of the Tet Offensive and a turning point in the American War in Vietnam. In the early hours of January 31, 1968, the North Vietnamese launched over one hundred attacks across South Vietnam in what would become known as the Tet Offensive.

They were in a two-man race to break the sound barrier. It was October 1947, a time before high-speed digital computers, when predictions of what would happen to fighter planes at such speeds were nebulous. Chuck Yeager and George Welch, two great fighter pilots from World War II, were about to explore the unknown in the bright blue sky over the Mojave Desert. Aces Wild: The Race for Mach 1 is the story of these two courageous men who dueled to become the first to fly at supersonic speed, Mach 1, in an aircraft. The book attempts to set the record straight as to who actually broke the sound barrier first.

Steve N. Pisanoss The Flying Greek is both the classic tale of an immigrants bond with America and an aerial adventure. When young Pisanos arrived in the U.S. in 1938, he worked, studied English, and learned to fly. He earned a private pilots license in 1941, and soon after Germany invaded Greece, he volunteered for the embattled British Royal Air Force.

From his years serving in British Intelligence during the Cold War, to a career as a writer that took him from war-torn Cambodia to Beirut on the cusp of the 1982 Israeli invasion to Russia before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, le Carr has always written from the heart of modern times. In this, his first memoir, le Carr is as funny as he is incisive, reading into the events he witnesses the same moral ambiguity with which he imbues his novels.

An incredible true tale of espionage and engineering set at the height of the Cold Wara mix between The Hunt for Red October and Argoabout how the CIA, the U.S. Navy, and Americas most eccentric mogul spent six years and nearly a billion dollars to steal the nuclear-armed Soviet submarine K-129 after it had sunk to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean; all while the Russians were watching.

In the early hours of February 25, 1968, a Russian submarine armed with three nuclear ballistic missiles set sail from its base in Siberia on a routine combat patrol to Hawaii. Then it vanished.

Oswald Boelcke was Germany's first ace in World War One with a total of forty victories. His character, inspirational leadership, organizational genius, development of air-to-air tactics and impact on aerial doctrine are all reasons why Boelcke remains an important figure in the history of air warfare.