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. Colin was hired by Vulcan Productions to produce a segment on German jet combat in World War II. We brought in Jorg and Harald Bauer, two of the last surviving Luftwaffe jet pilots of the war. See http://www.nbclearn.com/courage
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
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
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.