Jacket notes: Sergei Kramarenko was a lucky man. As a Soviet fighter pilot, an ace, he fought in two wars - first against the Luftwaffe, then the US Air Force - and survived. This is his story. On the Eastern Front in the Second World War, in the bitter conflict with the Germans, he duelled with Messerschmitt 109s and Focke-Wulf 190s. He vividly recalls his training, his first combat missions during the headlong retreat of the Red Army and the speed and confusion of dogfights with the Luftwaffe. In graphic detail he describes being shot down in flames, bailing out over German-occupied territory and his time in captivity. He also relives the pitiless air battles that accompanied the Soviet advance westwards, to Berlin. There the Red Air Force confronted increasingly desperate, outnumbered but still deadly Luftwaffe pilots who were defending their homeland. Then, in Korea, Kramarenko, flying a MiG-15, came up against the Americans, the British and the Australians, in the first fighter-against-fighter clashes of the jet age. His accounts of combat against the F-86 Sabres, F-84 Thunderjets and Gloster Meteors are among the most vivid and remarkable of his long career. In over ten years as a front-line fighter pilot he took part in a revolution in the development of combat flying. His candid, intensely personal and unflinching account gives a rare inside view of life in the Red Air Force in two wars.
Illustration: B&W THROUGHOUT
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Publisher: GARDNERS BOOKS
Publication date: 01/01/2000
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 234mm X 156mm