Hell Above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Copilot Ordered to Kill Him

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen Frater

Narrated By: Pete Larkin

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: March 2012

Duration: 9 hours 28 minutes


Hell Above Earth tells an unforgettable story of two World War II American bomber pilots who forged an unexpected but enduring bond in the flak-filled skies over Nazi Germany. But there's a twist: one of them was related to the head of the Luftwaffe, Reich Marshal Herman Goering, and the other had secret orders from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to kill him if anything went wrong during their missions. A heart-wrenching Greatest Generation buddy story, an adrenaline-filled account of aerial combat, and a work of popular history, Hell Above Earth centers around the author's discovery of a half-century old secret that has far-reaching and deeply personal repercussions for the pilots, and profound consequences for the FBI and the "Mighty" Eighth Air Force.


  • corey pangborn

    This was a good listen. I was occasionally caught off guard by many parts where they would depart from the Werner/Jack story. As with some other WWII non-fiction I've listened to, the names and identities of the many people mentioned during the departures from the story can be hard to keep straight and I found myself rewinding periodically in order to better absorb some of the stories. This is a good listen and will keep you engaged whether you are a history buff, airplane enthusiast or just like a good story of heroism in the face of danger. There's no doubt this book will leave you with an increased appreciation for the sacrifices made by heavy bomber crews In WWII.