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Hell Above Earth: The Startling True Story of Werner Goering's Flights Against the Luftwaffe ... and the Man Primed to Kill Him
Stephen Frater.
Publisher Robson  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781849542524
Pages/Publication Date 302/2012
Daedalus Item Code 40136
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By all accounts, U.S. army captain Werner Goering was an exceptional bomber pilot, and during World War II brought his crew home safely from mission after mission over Nazi Germany. Yet he was also the nephew of Herman Göring, commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe, and while the American military could not prevent him from serving, they also could not afford the propaganda coup should Goering fall into Nazi hands. So J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI placed a co-pilot in the cockpit who was to kill Goering if necessary: Jack Rencher. Stephen Frater chronicles how Rencher and Goering became unlikely friends, and traces Goering's long and successful career in the U.S. Air Force.

"The riveting true story of a World War II bomber pilot and the co-pilot who received orders to kill him.... As a national-security precaution, FBI officials ordered his experienced co-pilot, Jack Rencher, to kill him if their B-17 was going down over Nazi territory. In addition to examining the friendship that developed between the two, the author packs the narrative with rapid-fire history and statistics about the 303rd Bomb Group, the growth of the U.S. Air Force and the overall tenor of the war. Frater captures the strength, fear and bravery of Goering and Rencher's crew.... A factual recounting of Goering's career, which began as an untrusted pilot and continued for more than 20 years as a risk-taking spy during the Cold War, ending at a desk in the Pentagon. After the twists and turns in Goering's many missions, Frater finishes with a stunning revelation.... An exciting read full of little-known facts about the war."—Kirkus Reviews

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