Thanks for your inspirational post.
I don't want to participate in the give-away since I already own all products from the devs (though maybe my brother could want one - in this case I would throw my name in the hat for a FW190-A3). Nevertheless I want to share my book recommendation.
First something about my personal reasons for this recommendation (disclaimer):
Besides simulation games I have some other hobbys that occupy a huge part of my free time. One is comics (I even found myself a side job in comics distribution). There are many comics dealing with WWII, and enough comics dealing with WWII aviation, both fictional and historical, f.e. many books by Garth Ennis (writer of Preacher, The Boys, Hellblazer), like "Night Witches" or the War Stories series. Another hobby of mine is Japanes culture and history.
Therefore here in this thread I'd like to give you this manga as recommendation:
SHOWA HISTORY OF JAPAN 1926 -1989 by SHIGERU MIZUKI
Written and drawn by Shigeru Mizuki. His comics biography intertwines his own life story with the history and society of the Showa era of Emperor Hirohito with Japan's participation in WWII as centerpiece. Mizuki is best known in Japan for re-introducing Yokai fables in a modern context to today's society ( Yōkai = supernatural entities in Japanes folktales, oftentimes mischievous creatures). His later work became more and more autobiographical like his story about a group of doomed Japanese soldiers in the jungles of SE asia (""Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths""). His art style needs getting used to if you're coming from a more mainstream western audience - use of photocopied historical photos as background for the overall setting is complemented with an almost naive style for his drawn protagonists in the trenches. His personal part in the story is a description of his early life with his relatives, how he got in the army as a young man, the war in the jungle, how he got wounded and lost an arm, how he got a job as an artist in post-war Japan and still lived in poverty and how he experienced the transformation of his country into what it is now.
Its english translation is published by Drawn & Quarterly ( website ) in four volumes.
If you want to buy it in a comic shop and they have to re-order it, you need the product codes shown here: