When Hitler's war machine began to collapse, the race was on to snatch these secrets before the Soviet Red Army found them. InAmerican Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's SecretsWolfgang Samuel assembles from official Air Force records and survivors' interviews the largely untold stories of the disarmament of the once mighty Luftwaffe and of Operation Lusty--the hunt for Nazi technologies.
In April American armies were on the brink of winning their greatest military victory, yet America's technological backwardness was shocking when measured against that of the retreating enemy. Senior officers, including the Commanding General of the Army Air Forces Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold, knew all too well the seemingly overwhelming victory was less than it appeared. There was just too much luck involved in its outcome. One, Harold E.
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Watson, went after the German jets; the other, Donald L. Putt, went after the Nazis' intellectual capital--their world-class scientists. With the help of German and American pilots, Watson brought the jets to America; Putt persevered as well and succeeded in bringing the German scientists to the Army Air Forces' aircraft test and evaluation center at Wright Field.
A young P fighter pilot, Lloyd Wenzel, a Texan of German descent, then turned these enemy aliens into productive American citizens--men who built the rockets that took America to the moon, conquered the sound barrier, and laid the foundation for America's civil and military aviation of the future.
Wolfgang W. Samuel, a retired U. He lives in Fairfax Station, Virginia.
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Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Fortunately they failed, but the Allies still had plenty of high-tech Nazi weapons to fight over in the spring and summer of One obvious target: the Me jet fighter, which with its unmatchable speed might have won the air war for the Germans, had it appeared sooner. In American Raiders: The Race to Capture the Luftwaffe's Secrets , Samuel tells how a group of American pilots scoured Germany for jets, surface-to-air missiles, and other Luftwaffe treasures, which became the basis for America's technological rejuvenation and eventually helped the United States win the Cold War.
One obvious target: The Me jet fighter, which with its unmatchable speed might have won the air war for the Germans, had it appeared sooner.
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Permanent Record by Edward Snowden , Hardcover 1. Open Borders Inc. Samuel was born in Strasburg, Germany, in and entered the United States in as a year-old refugee. He settled with his mother and stepfather in Denver. Samuel served as an enlisted man and officer. In the Cold War, he flew more than strategic reconnaissance missions as an electronic warfare officer in RBH aircraft. In Vietnam, he flew 77 combat missions in EB electronic countermeasure and reconnaissance aircraft. In addition, he had a four-year assignment as air operations staff officer at Headquarters USAF in Europe, and he served on two separate occasions on the Air Staff at the Pentagon.
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