|About the Book|
Ernst Udet was the second-highest scoring German air ace of the First World War after Manfred von Richthofen, managed to survive the war, and led a colorful and adventure-filled life between the wars before becoming disillusioned with hisMoreErnst Udet was the second-highest scoring German air ace of the First World War after Manfred von Richthofen, managed to survive the war, and led a colorful and adventure-filled life between the wars before becoming disillusioned with his relationship with key elements of the Nazi Party and its leadership, and committing suicide in 1941. Udet had a natural aptitude for flying, and became a skilled pilot, favoring attacking his victims from out of the sun and picking off the rear aircraft. Richthofen invited him to become a member of his flying circus, Jagdgeschwader 1, and Udet was soon commanding Jasta 11, Richthofens own former squadron. He later commanded Jasta 4, and ended the war with 62 confirmed victories. Between the wars Udet had many jobs, often working as a stun pilot, including in Hollywood, took up air racing, flew in an expedition to Africa, and had countless more adventures.In the late 1930s Udet penned his memoirs, mostly focusing on his First World War exploits, but also including many fascinating details of his interwar career. Ace of the Black Cross is a riveting and exciting read. Udet takes the reader up in the cockpit with him when writing about his duels over the skies of the Western Front, when racing planes in Depression-era America, or flying over Africa evading lions. If you are looking to read a book that gives a real flavor of the highs and lows of the early days of flying, then look no further than Udets account.This edition has been newly typeset, expanded by a new introductory essay placing Udets life in context and providing further details about his career and demise, and has a new index (the original edition lacked one). An appendix provides a full list of Udets WWI aerial victories. This superb aviation title is being published in a strictly limited edition hardback run of just 500 copies, each copy individually numbered.