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The Me-262 Stormbird
New Addition to both the Military and History Book Clubs

See the video below of the first time the Me-262 (two seat version), P-51 Mustang and Supermarine Spitfire fly together in an air show formation


Eighth Air Force Gun Camera Film of Me-163B and Me-262 Kills


Flying 1/3 Scale Me-262A1


 The M-262 Schwalbe/Stormbird Story

Our latest book on the Me-262 jet, complete with interview excerpts with German and Allied pilots is now available on Barnes & Noble, Zenith Press and Amazon websites. See the stories of Germany's most decorated pilots who began their war fighting in the piston engine age and finished in the jet age, and their Allied opponents in their own words. 

The Me-262 Stormbird, is the history of the Me-262 jet, as described from the first person viewpoints of almost two dozen German jet pilots and a like number of Allied aces, also with specific comments from Allied pilots who flew against them, all from Colin's interviews and archive research, with support from noted historians Jon Guttman and Barrett Tillman. One of the forewords is written by Me-262 pilot Jorg Czypionka, a fine gentleman and good friend.





 Walter Schuck (JG-5, JG-7) 206 victories, 8 kills in the Me-262 jet fighter.

Oberleutnant Walter Schuck joined the Luftwaffe in 1937. He scored his first victory while with 7./JG­-5 based at Petsamo on the Polar Sea. On June 5, 1942, he shot down 4 Russian fighters. His rate of victories increased steadily. During March 1944, he downed 7 Boston bombers and by April had 84 victories. By the end of the war he scored 206, the last 8 in the Me-262. He wrote his autobiography (see Our Author Friends page), and he is selling book plates to those who wish to have them. Contact Colin at [email protected] for details. 



Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring with Walter Schuck

Walter and Gunther Rall with the Me-109G-6


 Walter Schuck with Lassi Eskola of Koala-Kustannus with a Finnish Air Force Me-109G. Koala published The Star of Africa in Finland


Walter Schuck in February 2013, still going strong!


The Me-262 Stormbird back Cover


 ABOVE: White 3 flying, a beautiful sight.

This book is now released and the limited edition copies will be sold with bookplates signed by the various pilots, with each book accompanied by its own numbered certificate. Part of the net proceeds will be split between the Wounded Warrior Project, Fisher House, Independence Fund and the German Peoples Grave Recovery Association, Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V. bringing fallen German soldiers home long after WW II, mostly from the Eastern Front.

Above: Major Walter Nowotny became the first jet squadron Kommodore at age 23, with 258 victories and the Knight's Cross, Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds. He commanded history's first operational jet unit, named Kommando Nowotny in his honor when Adolf Galland appointed him. Following his death the unit was re-designated JG-7. See the video below:

Above Left to right: Knight's Cross holder, fighter ace and JV-44 Me-262 pilot Hans-Ekkehard Bob, Colin, Jon Guttman and Knight's Cross ace and Fw-190 pilot Hugo Broch at the reunion in Germany in 1999.

Below is Walter's own autobiography that covers his career in the Luftwaffe, and details his own experiences with JG-5 and JG-7 flying the Me-109 and Me-262 respectively.

On June 15th Walter scored 6 more, and on the 17th, 12 more victories in 24 hours! By August he had 150. Later in the war he flew the Me­262 jet with JG­-7. He shot down four B-­17?s and four fighters in the Me-262, with 8 victories total in the jet. His final score was 206 confirmed aerial victories. Awards include the Iron Cross 2nd and 1st Classes, German Cross in Gold, and the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.
Above: Kurt Schulze, Colin, and Jorg Czypionka during the interview in California. Kurt was an excellent host, and Jorg was an invaluable interview source. Great men both of them.
                         The Luftwaffe Pilot Badge                        The German Cross in Gold



Above: Oberleutnant Hans Dortenmann flew with Nowotny in JG-54. He was recruited to command the protective force of Fw-190D fighter protecting the jets as they operated out of Achmer, earning the Knight's Cross.


The Fighter Pilot Badge

Below: The Me-262 A1 pictured below is on display at the National Air and Space Museum, at The Smithsonian Institution. This original was flown by several pilots, including Georg-Peter Eder, Heiner Haeffner, and Theodor Weissenberger, and is in the colors of III./JG-7. Read about the men who flew in and against this iconic fighter in The Me-262 Stormbird, with their own first person comments and interviews.

Below is a video tribute to JV-44 and the Me-262 story and the men who flew it in Galland's Circus.


Video link tribute to IV./JG-7 in CGI. Sorry for the music, not our creation.


Me-262 CGI creation as a tribute


Me-262 project with wartime footage and current video of flying models


Me-262 two seat flying project along with single-seat Schwalbe


 The Recent Addition to Restored Warbirds : DeHavilland Mosquito


 The Race for the Jets


Von Ohain and the Me-262 Powerplant


Georg-Peter Eder and III./JG-7 in one their most most successful anti bomber missions  during WW II in CGI


The Artwork of the Me-262 and The   Luftwaffe Pilots in Action

We encourage everyone to visit Robert's website and purchase your signed prints. They only go up in value, and are not subject to the rise and fall of the economy. Secondary market prices are as good as gold.

                 Above: 1st Lt. Earl Lane scores a jet kill, by Robert Bailey

Above: Keith Ferris' painting, Nowotny's Final Encounter, depicting the event over Achmer on Nov. 8, 1944, when 1st Lt. Edward R. "Buddy" Haydon of the 357th Fighter Group surprised Major Walter Nowotny, the 23 year old Kommodore of his own operation jet unit, Kommando Nowotny. See the details of this encounter in the Me-262 Stormbird, from the perspectives of Haydon, Adolf Galland and Georg-Peter Eder, who all witnessed the event.

Below: Robert Bailey's Petsamo Scramble depicts the fighters of JG-5 on emergency take-off during a Soviet raid on their airfield in Finland, signed by Kurt Schulze and Walter Schuck, both JG-5 pilots at that time.

Below: Leutnant Jorg Czypionka of 10./NJG-11 scores a night victory over a RAF Mosquito, by Robert Bailey. See Jorg's story in The Me-262 Stormbird, and order your signed copy today! Remember, we also have the Limited Edition books with signatures of six American P-51 Mustang two German jet pilots, and one Me-109 pilot.

 Below: Robert Bailey's Red Tail Ruckus, depicting the 100th Fighter Squadron "Red Tails" in action, with Charles Brantley shooting down a Me-262, a distinction shared by Earl Lane and Roscoe Brown also of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Below: Robert Bailey's painting Dawn Intrusion shows Walter in Yellow 1 after take off, pursued by Mustangs, as he and the men of JG-7 were ambushed on their own airfield in February 1945 by American fighters.

   Above: In Robert Bailey's Escort Fury, Oberleutnant Walter Schuck of JG-7 has just scored his fourth B-17 kill of the mission, his eighth in the jet fighter, and his 206th of the war. Capt. Joseph A. Peterburs of the 20th Fighter Group ends his career, shooting him down on April 10, 1945. After the war they became great friends.

The Germans Featured in The Me-262 Stormbird

Major Georg-Peter Eder had 78 kills, with 36 four engine bombers. He received the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves. He was shot down on 17 occasions and wounded 14 times.
Major Erich Hartmann trained in the Me-262, scored 352 confirmed victories in the Me-109 receiving the Knight's Cross, Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds. He spent over ten years in Soviet gulags after the war.
Major Gunther Rall scored 275 victories and trained in the jet. He retired as a Lt. Gen. in the West German Air Force and was a NATO command and Staff officer.
Lt. Col. Johannes Steinhoff scored 176 victories, survived his burning jet crash and retired as a Lt. Gen in the post war German Air Force and was NATO Air Commander for the Bundesluftwaffe. He earned the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.
Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob received the Knight's Cross and flew the jet in the last weeks of the war, scoring 60 victories.
Col. Hajo Herrmann scored 9 fighter kills at night after a great career as a bomber pilot, where he sank over 70,000 tons of shipping. From the Spanish Civil War through the last day of WW II, Hajo earned the Night's Cross, Oak Leaves and Swords. He created JG-300 and evaluated the Me-262 as a night fighter. He spent over ten years in Soviet gulags. He later became one of Germany's most successful attorneys.
Major Kurt Buehligen received the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords for his career as a fighter pilot. He shot down 112 aircraft.
1st Lt. Jorg Czypionka was an instructor pilot who became a night fighter pilot in the Me-109G, and later in the Me-262 jet. He scored a Mosquito kill near Berlin.
Lt. Gen. Adolf Galland scored 104 kills, starting his career in Spain. At age 32 he was WW II's youngest general and commanded his own jet unit, JV-44. He received the Knight's Cross, Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.
1st Lt. Adolf Glunz scored 71 kills (19 four engine bombers) and earned the Knight's Corss, and finished the war with Walter Schuck in JG-7
Col. Walther Dahl scored 128 kills ( 32 confirmed and 6 probable heavy bombers) and earned the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.
Sgt. Hermann Buchner is credited with 46 tank victories and 58 aerial victories, including 12 while flying the Messerschmitt Me- 262 jet fighter, receiving the Knight's Cross.
Captain Walter Krupinski scored 197 kills and was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves. He retired as a Lt. Gen.
Major Walter Nowotny scored 258 kills, his last three in the jet on the day he was killed by Buddy Haydon. He received the Diamonds to the Knight's Cross.
Major Erich Rudorffer scored 222 kills and had 12 in the jet, and he shot down 10 heavy bombers. He received the Oak Leaves and Swords.
Major Wolfgang "Bombo" Schenck was a bomber pilot who flew the Me-262 as a ground attack pilot, earning the Oak Leaves.
1st Lt. Walter Schuck scored 206 kills and ended the war in the jet with 8 victories in the Me-262, earning the Oak Leaves. Joe Peterburs shot him down on his last mission of the war.
Major Wolfgang Spate scored 99 kills, and was also the commanding officer of JG-400 which flew the Me-163B Komet. He earned the Oak Leaves.
1st Lt. Franz Stigler flew with Marseille in Africa and scored 22 kills, but would have had 23 and the Knight's Cross had he not saved the B-17 Ye Olde Pub. He later flew jets with Galland.
Major Werner Roell earned the Knight's Cross as a Stuka pilot who later flew jets with Galland's JV-44
Col. Hannes Trautloft started his war in Spain, and ended WW II with 54 kills and the Knight's Cross. His greatest claim to fame (long after his death) was his saving 164 Allied airmen scheduled for execution at Buchenwald.
Major Wilhelm Reinert destroyed 174 enemy aircraft, 16 tanks, and 6 locomotives. He earned the Oak Leaves and Swords and retired as a post war Lt. Col.
Hajo Herrmann with Colin Heaton in 1998 during one of their many interviews.
Col. Edward R. "Buddy" Haydon signing his bookplates for the Me-262 Stormbird Limited Edition.
Joe Peterburs and Walter Schuck together, and they became the best of friends despite Joe shooting down Walter's jet, forcing him to bail out.
Urban L. "Ben" Drew holds up two fingers for the two Me-262 jets he shot down in one mission, and witnessed by Georg-Peter Eder. The two became best friends after the war.
Buddy Haydon describing the event on Nov. 8, 1944 when he forced 258 victory ace and Diamonds holder Major Walter Nowotny into the ground. See the full story in Stormbird.
206 victory ace (8 in the jet) Walter Schuck signing his bookplates for the Me-262 Stormbird Limited Edition.
   The Americans Interviewed or             Featured in the Me-262 Stormbird

              Robin Olds              Walker "Bud" Mahurin          Hubert Zemke             James H. Doolittle

                      Robert S. Johnson                                                  Arthur Fiedler

                         Donald S. Gentile                             Joseph A. Peterburs              Lee Archer

                                Benjamin O. Davis                Francis S. Gabreski                     Roscoe Brown

                                         Charles E. Yeager                    Curtis E. LeMay                     Urban L. "Ben" Drew


Also a History and Military Book Club selection!

You can also order from other locations around the world, such as www.waterstones.com and from other locations such as Zenith Press direct at www.zenithpress.com or order from us, where we will sign them for you. We will also have 100 limited edition copies signed by the pilots and authors Colin D. Heaton and Anne-Marie Lewis. Check for availability.


Limited Edition of 100 Me-Stormbird Books

We will have signed bookplates from Urban L. "Ben" Drew, Walter Shuck, C.E. "Bud" Anderson, Barrie Davis, Kurt Schulze, Joseph A. Peterburs, Arthur Fiedler, Edward R. "Buddy" Haydon, Jorg Czypionka. All outstanding men assisted for the limited edition of 100 books for charity.

Contact us for ordering signed German Aces Speak or the Me-262 Stormbird books (including the limited edition) and allow about 10-14 days for delivery once we receive your order. We will sign them, add the bookplates in the limited editions, print the certificates, and please stipulate if you wish to have any personalized inscriptions. Certificates numbered for each book will also be included, just as with Noble Warrior.

The Limited Edition of 100 books has signed book plates from the aces themselves, with certificates of authenticity specifically numbered matching each numbered book.

See also the personal stories and the history of the jet fighter (in their own words and reports) by Buddy Haydon, Joe Peterburs, James Doolittle, Curtis Lemay, Adolf Galland and Georg-Peter Eder (witnesses to Nowotny's death), as well as jet pilots (and conversion trained pilots) Walter Krupinski, Walter Schuck, Hermann Buchner, Franz Stigler, Ben Drew, Robin Olds, Chuck Yeager, Wolfgang Schenck, Hajo Herrmann, Erich Hartmann, Hans-Ekkehard Bob, Gunther Rall, Erich Rudorffer, Jorg Czypionka, Johannes Steinhoff, Gunther Rall, Hannes Trautloft, and many others in the new book The Me-262 Stormbird.

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