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Flights of Passage: Recollections of a World War II Aviator

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Flights of Passage: Recollections of a World War II Aviator.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Samuel Hynes(Author)

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Sam Hynes was eighteen when he left his Minnesota home for Navy flight school in 1943. By the time the war ended he was a veteran Marine pilot, still not quite twenty-one, and had flown more than a hundred missions in the Pacific theatre. In this eloquent narrative, by turns dramatic, funny and elegiac, Hynes recalls those extraordinary years during which he came of age. He makes real the places - the training fields and the liberty towns and the Pacific islands, and the people - the other young pilots, the girls and the young wives, even the enemy pilots. He remembers friendship, and the excitement and tedium of war, the high exhilaration of flying, and the dying. More than a tale of combat, Flights of Passage is a story of one boy's growth to manhood in the turbulent, testing world of war in the air.

‘A consummate piece of war literature, with the feel of a turbulent time uncannily recreated’ -- Independent‘A wonderfully intelligent and humane account of wartime life’ -- John Bayley, London Review of Books‘An unusual and moving book … an authentic fragment, poignant and real, of a great and tumultuous past’ -- Washington Post Book World‘The images here are indelible’ -- Observer

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Book details

  • PDF | 272 pages
  • Samuel Hynes(Author)
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (20 Jun. 2005)
  • English
  • 10
  • History

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  • By Siko on 1 May 2010

    I've almost bought this book a few times before but having never heard anything about it I wasn't too keen(and having a quick browse can be a largely dull experience)...however...I found a copy cheap at a local discount bookstore and it is a very good read indeed !It is a relatively short and sweet experience and could be summised as:- local boy learns to fly, chases girls and gets drunk, joins the USMC and converts onto Avengers, gets drunk and chases girls.....sits around a bit waiting for orders...gets drunk etc and eventually gets to Okinawa and sees combat...ish...then gets drunk.The author writes extremely well and it is more of a rite of passage book than an all out no holds barred aviation classic, like First Light or Fighter Pilot. That is really only the major downside, well that and the combat part of it is very thin indeed and right at the end of the book....apart from that it is a ripping good read from an honest and talented author.

  • By Leo Polly on 20 May 2013

    This is a wonderful book, I expect it to become a classic of this type. Exciting stories and brilliantly presented.

  • By Mr. Peter A. Gillon on 22 October 2010

    bought this cheap at my local discount storekeeps you interested all the way through - not a die hard type book - more a dangerous liaisonsnot sure this is a cheery guy to get drunk with , but happy to spend a long walk just shooting the breezeif u see it buy itPetewarrington

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