When World War II began, the United States’ air forces numbered only 45,000 men and a few thousand aircraft—hardly enough to defend the country, let alone defeat the German Luftwaffe, the world’s most formidable air force. Yet by war’s end, the Luftwaffe had been crushed, and the U.S. Army Air Forces had delivered the decisive blows. The Men Who Killed the Luftwaffe tells the story of the striking transformation—one of the marvels of modern warfare—that enabled the U.S. to crush the air forces of the Third Reich, while thrusting readers into whirling, heart-pounding accounts of aerial combat.
Jay A. Stout is a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot with more than 4,500 flight hours and 37 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm. He has appeared as an aviation and military expert on various TV and radio news programs, including Fox News and NPR. He is the author, among other books, of Hell’s Angels: The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II, and Fighter Group: The 352nd “Blue-Nosed Bastards” in World War II. He lives in San Diego, California.