Turbulent Journey by Schiffer Publishing

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This untold story of early jet development, surviving the collapse of the Reich, and starting over in America is recounted by Reiner Decher, whose father Siegfried was an engineer on the team that designed the engine for the Me 262. 

Germany built the first operational jet aircraft during World War II, the Messerschmitt Me 262.

  • Siegfried Decher was part of the engineering team that designed the engines that powered the 262.
  • At the end of the war, Decher was nearly stranded in the Soviet Occupation Zone, but the US military made contact and offered a way out.
  • As the principal responsible for a control system in the Jumo engine, Decher was of value to the Allies. Plans to evacuate during Operation Paperclip fell through.
  • After a detour in France, Decher reached American shores several years later, where he enjoyed a successful career in the civil aviation industry.

This untold story of early jet development is recounted by Siegfried's son, Reiner. Reiner, an accomplished engineer in his own right, constructs the story through a combination of his own memories and original letters and documents from his family archive. 

[AuthorName]By Reiner Decher[/AuthorName][AuthorBio]Reiner Decher is an MIT graduate and retired aeronautical engineering professor (University of Washington). He authored two engineering textbooks and a history of aviation engines and their impact on the design of airliners.  He also edited the memoir of a US Army intelligence officer in WW II.  He lives in Washington and volunteers as a docent at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. [/AuthorBio][NumIllustration]65 b/w photos[/NumIllustration][CoAuthor][/CoAuthor][SubTitle]The Jumo Engine, Operation Paperclip, and the American Dream[/SubTitle][ColorPattern]65 b/w photos[/ColorPattern]

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    Description

    Fulfilled by our friends at Schiffer Publishing

    This untold story of early jet development, surviving the collapse of the Reich, and starting over in America is recounted by Reiner Decher, whose father Siegfried was an engineer on the team that designed the engine for the Me 262. 

    Germany built the first operational jet aircraft during World War II, the Messerschmitt Me 262.

    • Siegfried Decher was part of the engineering team that designed the engines that powered the 262.
    • At the end of the war, Decher was nearly stranded in the Soviet Occupation Zone, but the US military made contact and offered a way out.
    • As the principal responsible for a control system in the Jumo engine, Decher was of value to the Allies. Plans to evacuate during Operation Paperclip fell through.
    • After a detour in France, Decher reached American shores several years later, where he enjoyed a successful career in the civil aviation industry.

    This untold story of early jet development is recounted by Siegfried's son, Reiner. Reiner, an accomplished engineer in his own right, constructs the story through a combination of his own memories and original letters and documents from his family archive. 

    [AuthorName]By Reiner Decher[/AuthorName][AuthorBio]Reiner Decher is an MIT graduate and retired aeronautical engineering professor (University of Washington). He authored two engineering textbooks and a history of aviation engines and their impact on the design of airliners.  He also edited the memoir of a US Army intelligence officer in WW II.  He lives in Washington and volunteers as a docent at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. [/AuthorBio][NumIllustration]65 b/w photos[/NumIllustration][CoAuthor][/CoAuthor][SubTitle]The Jumo Engine, Operation Paperclip, and the American Dream[/SubTitle][ColorPattern]65 b/w photos[/ColorPattern]

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