This book is the first of a two-volume work recording all of the known losses of Luftwaffe aircraft (c.150 in total) over the north-east of England, from the Humber to the Tweed, during the Second World War. This first volume covers Yorkshire and its coastline, from the Humber to the Tees: it gives detailed descriptions of the nature and circumstances of the loss of each of the seventy aircraft and their crews, and tells the stories that lie behind the bald statistics. While he was researching material for this book, the author contacted in excess of fifty ex-Luftwaffe personnel who had operated over the north of England during the last war. Many of them provided recollections of operations over the north and these have been integrated into the text. The text is supported by some ninety photographs, many of which were made available to the author by ex-Luftwaffe personnel. Unlike many books written about the air war over Britain during the last war, Broken Eagles gives insights into what happened to men from the other side who were destined to meet their match in northern skies.
Middlesborough born author Bill Norman is an aviation historian with a particular interest in the North Eastern counties. For many years he has been researching the air war over the North of England during World War II and a number of articles written by him on that theme have appeared in the northern press and in the aviation magazines Flypast and Aviation News. It was the public response to those articles which promoted him to compile Luftwaffe over the North. He is married, has four children and lives in Guisborough, Cleveland.