cycleworlduk - Member reach for the sky.... by douglas bader...truly amazing bloke,crashed his spitfire
Reach For The Sky was written by Paul Brickhill and it was a Bristol Bulldog that Bader was flying when he crashed causing him to lose his legs on 14th December 1931 - the Spitfire prototype K5054 made its maiden flight piloted by 'Mutt' Summers on 5th March 1936...
So many good books about WWII - most of the books by pilots of the time are excellent - Enemy Coast Ahead (Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, DSO and bar, DFC and bar), First Light (Geoffrey 'Boy' Wellum, recently made into an excellent docu-drama), I Flew For The Fuhrer (Heinz Knocke) being three examples.
Anthony Beevor is excellent, Ill Met By Moonlight by W. Stanley Moss (the story of the abduction of General Kreipe by the author, Patrick Leigh Fermor and many others) is a cracking read. The list goes on and on!
The Lake, The Villa, The Meeting covers the Wannsee Conference where Heydrich and others thrashed out the details of the Final Solution and has been made into a chilling film called Conspiracy and starring Kenneth Brannagh, Colin Firth and others. Not easy watching but fascinating.