[[ Audiobooks ]] Heaven Next Stop: A Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot at WarAuthor Gunther Bloemertz – Albawater.co

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


10 thoughts on “Heaven Next Stop: A Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot at War

  1. Roy Szweda Roy Szweda says:

    Essential reading despite the unusual style It is short and waffly about romance and life during wartime but the combat and plane bits make it worth a go However, he seems averse to naming his mount and his unit the Pik As, gelb naases, the Abbeville Boys , JG 26 and later the Me 262 this bit is worth the price of entry if it is true I know test flying can be risky but this is mad.BUT Who decided to put a photo of a FW190 on the cover when this is about a 109 pilot My ancient paperba Essential reading despite the unusual style It is short and waffly about romance and life during wartime but the combat and plane bits make it worth a go However, he seems averse to naming his mount and his unit the Pik As, gelb naases, the Abbeville Boys , JG 26 and later the Me 262 this bit is worth the price of entry if it is true I know test flying can be risky but this is mad.BUT Who decided to put a photo of a FW190 on the cover when this is about a 109 pilot My ancient paperback 75 ish has a STUKA on the cover


  2. Jack Hwang Jack Hwang says:

    This is not a memoir with factual narratives The author was ex Luftwaffe pilot of JG26 However, he was shot down by USAAF P 47s in 1943 and suffered serious burns After recovering from the injuries, he did return to JG26 but did not serve combat duties again.So this book has some parts fictionalized basing on the author s observations and understanding of the events in JG26 after his injuries I personally do not like much of the writing style of the author so I just give three stars.


  3. Ari Ari says:

    I have read many Second World War pilot biographies and memoirs from the war I presume this was one of the best as the writer obviously has some literary abilities too This was not solely then we went there, and then we did this and this as those novels tend to be.Writer did not try to make a hero of himself but created a bitchaotic and sad picture of the war as it must have been in reality Very young men doing things they actually did not want to do and did not even understand why I have read many Second World War pilot biographies and memoirs from the war I presume this was one of the best as the writer obviously has some literary abilities too This was not solely then we went there, and then we did this and this as those novels tend to be.Writer did not try to make a hero of himself but created a bitchaotic and sad picture of the war as it must have been in reality Very young men doing things they actually did not want to do and did not even understand why they had to do those things Especially after the outcome of the war had become obvious Some odd sense of responsibility and loyalty towards comrade in arms.Not along novel Worth reading in this genre.Taivasta l hinn WSOY 1953


  4. GasTeddy GasTeddy says:

    Excellent and touching story about him and his comrades during the WW II Handles the life and death, the existence and possible afterlife with almost spiritual way, what creates questions nobody knows the answers Not for those, who want technical details and accurate dogfight descriptions I especially recommend for those, who are interested about the complexity of the life or have some spiritual interests, outside of the eternal circle of collectingmaterial.