Hitler's Squadron: The Fuehrer's Personal Aircraft and Transport Unit, 1933-1945

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Hitler's Squadron: The Fuehrer's Personal Aircraft and Transport Unit, 1933-1945 by C. G. Sweeting. Brassey's (http://www.brasseysinc.com/index.htm), 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles, Virginia 20166, 2001, 192 pages, $31.95 (hard-cover).

Talk about finding a niche and filling it, C. G. Sweeting has done exactly that. His book Hitler's Squadron is a detailed look at a relatively unknown aspect of Luftwaffe history. The author, former curator for the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and author of three other books on World War II aviation, has written a fascinating book about the squadron and pilot responsible for flying Hitler during his time as Fuehrer. Likewise, the Fliegerstaffel des Fuehrers (F.d.F) was responsible for the air transport of other high-ranking German officials and heads of state from other nations.

In this well-written, extremely informative, and expertly presented book, complete with dozens of rare and previously unpublished photographs, anecdotal stories, and historic sidebars, Sweeting takes the reader into a unique component of the Luftwaffe. In addition to the transport unit itself, the author closely examines the life and career of Hans Baur, Hitler's personal pilot. In February 1933, Hitler chose this Lufthansa captain and veteran of World War I as his personal pilot and commander of the transport unit. …