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Messerschmitt Me264: Amerikabomber: the Luftwaffe's Lost Strategic Bomber [Hardcover]

R. Forsyth , Eddie J. Creek
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28 July 2006
Using original German documentation and rare photographs, this book details the story of the remarkable 'Amerikabomber' projects which were intended to bomb New York and other American cities. The aircraft type featured in the book include in addition to the Me 264 are: the Ta 400, Fw 238, Ju 390 and the jet-powered Ho XVIII B flying wing. The book also studies the reality behind the myth associated with Germany's atomic bomb carrier.


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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Classic Publications; First Edition edition (28 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903223652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903223659
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 23.3 x 31.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 768,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly underrated book 9 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. There are several titles that deal with "Luftwaffe 1946" airplanes, paper projects, some early prototypes, and i was expecting this to be another book of the kind, which it wasn't. Basically the book covers the Me 264 project with all its details, from RLM specifications, design, to orders, the enmity between "Willy" Messerschmidt and Ehrard Milch and its consequences on the project, and the constant changes of specifications to serve a variety of roles such as a long range reconnaissance airplane for the Kriegsmarine and the inevitable conflict this created with the Luftwaffe and their own specifications.
The book guides you through all this, you see the prototypes slowly evolving with each page. The photos alone are a treasure trove, and they're accompanied by line drawings and manufacturer's blueprints, a couple of colour profiles and perspective views, and an impressive amount of blueprints of everything from the engines to the hydraulics systems. The accounts from test pilots are also included, together with test photos, weapons specifications, and so on, all with incredible detail.
The book is easy to read, the authors manage to blend the project's development history and the "protagonists" relationships with the more technical matters without falling into the somewhat sterile approach that other authors have regarding aviation history, blindly adding dry tables of data without any context or justification, just to fill pages. This isn't the case at all here.
It'll be of interest to the aviation history and to the aircraft modeller, although you won't find a great assortment of colour profiles. It seems somewhat ignored, which is puzzling considering the quality of the book. A very pleasant surprise, congratulations to the authors.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this! 20 Dec 2010
By Thompson Family VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Three reasons why you can not go wrong in this purchase: R. Forsyth & E. Creek (joint authors); Classic Publications (quality guaranteed). A 'must buy' for the modeller, aviation historian & Luftwaffe enthusiast. For the modeller: full of wonderful technical photographs & line drawings, including copies of technical drawings. For the aviation historian & Luftwaffe enthusiast: a well researched text concerning the Luftwaffe's succesful four-engined bomber and its transatlantic flight trials. Another 'classic' publication.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lost project. 23 Feb 2013
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Expensive for a second hand copy but one which is not easy to find but this apart, a good overview of a long range aircraft which never got into production and one for which events overtook its development .
Well written , well illustrated it shows how resources do not always result in an aircraft which made it into service.and how the aspirations to go to "America" was always a pipe dream, this aircrafts development and research being part of that dream.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book! 22 Dec 2006
By T. Hanover - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you have a strong interest in this unique German aircraft (only one was ever completed), then you'll want to own this book. I have waited many years for such a volume to appear in print and at last it has. You will NOT be disappointed with it.

The authors give us a technically detailed and comprehensive description of the Me 264's genesis, development, construction, flight testing and ultimate destruction at the hands of Allied bombers. They also provide extensive background history on the Luftwaffe's efforts to produce a long-range strategic bomber fleet, the personalities involved in those efforts and the reasons why it eventually all came to naught.

Competing designs for the "Amerika Bomber" project (such as the Junkers Ju 290 and 390, Heinkel He 177 and Blohm & Voss Bv 222) are reviewed as well as brief mention of Italian plans to strike New York using the four-engined Cant Z.511 floatplane, the SM.95 land plane and the three-engined Piaggio P.23R.

The book is profusely illustrated with large-format close-up photos of the Me 264 V 1 under construction and undergoing flight evaluation, factory design plans, 3-view renderings of the proposed swept wing version (using a combination of piston engines and turbo-jets) and includes interesting sidebars on the BMW 801 engine, the British recon flight confirming the plane's existence to the Allies and on Messerschmitt test pilot Karl Baur who flew the Me 264 at least thirty times.

Well-researched and consistently absorbing to read, this book will serve as an excellent reference work on the Me 264 for both the WWII military aircraft enthusiast and modeler. Robert Forsyth and Eddie Creek deserve kudos for sharing their extensive knowledge of this elegant-looking aircraft and removing it from undeserved obscurity.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bomber That Could Reach New York 8 Jan 2007
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The fact that Germany began the design of large bombers with the intent of bombing the United States, serving as recon for U-Boats, or bombing beyond the Ural mountains is well known. There were a hald dozen or so projects underway to design and build such an airplane. Of these, the Messerschmitt Me 264 was the most advanced, the most tested (70+ flights), and the one closest to being ready to put into production.

Had the Germans bombed New York City, the effect would probably be similar to that of the Japanese after the Doolittle raid, that is, putting a lot more effort in creating a stronger air force at home, and generally beefing up anti aircraft defenses.

But the planes were never built. The Me 264 reached the stage of having one flying prototype, but by then the Germans had had enough. All aircraft production was put into fighters to defend against the Allied bomber campaign.

This book details the construction of the Me 264, as well as having chapters on competitive aircraft, the German Atomic Bomb project, and the political aspects of the decision to discontinue the effort of building the plane. This is a very well researched book on a subject that has only been hinted at before.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book on a little known aspect of the Luftwaffe 24 Aug 2012
By Flyboy1944 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
These two authors are tops at knowing Luftwaffe aircraft. For me, this is VERY personal, as the area that would have been bombed was where I was as a child; Brooklyn, Manhattan, etc. I've always been interested in every aspect of this aircraft, and Forsythe and Creek do not disappoint. Every aspect of the incredible Me-264, such as its design, mission intent, etc., is thoroughly examined. I'm a sucker for anything these two superior aviation authors publish, but that's because the two of them are just that good. My humble opinion is that no WW2 aviation library should be without this volume.
3 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Me 264 AMERIKABOMBER! 23 April 2008
By DR. ROHE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Me 264 IS A MUST HAVE BOOK AS IT IS A MOST REFRESHING MASTERPIECE ON THE LITTLE KNOWN PSEUDO "LUFTWAFFE 1946" ASPECT OF THE WAR WHICH ALMOST HAPPENED! YES NEW YORK CITY U.S.A. WAS A TARGET IN THE EYE OF THE LUFTWAFFE EAGLE! THAT IS THIS HISTORICAL ATTEMPT TO EXPLAIN & ILLUSTRATE THE TRAGIC WASTED GENIUS OF THOSE TALENTED MANY EXPLOITED BY THE THIRD REICH'S AMBITIONS IS NOT THE USUAL TYPICAL REHASH OF EXISTING MATERIAL ( & MANY STUPID OBVIOUS MISTAKES RECOPIED SO AS TO BE MADE ERRONEOUSLY "CORRECT" FACTS ) COPIED & RECOPIED BY ALL THE UNQUESTIONABLE EXPERTS THAT BE , BUT RATHER FRESH NEW RESEARCH INDEPENDENT OF WHAT ALREADY IS IN PRINT & REPRINT 1000 TIMES OVER! SO GET READY FOR SOME REALLY GREAT REICH RESEARCH READING FROM NOW ANOTHER VIOLENT CENTURY FOREVER PAST AS THIS BOOK WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS AS TO HOW REALLY CLOSE WE CAME TO BEING BOMBED IN THE 1940s! IT IS NOT OVER SO PRAY FOR PEACE BUBELA! GOD bless america! SMILE!
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