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Flights of Passage: Recollections of a World War II Aviator

Samuel Hynes

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ISBN 10: 0747578117 / ISBN 13: 9780747578116
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2005
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Title: Flights of Passage: Recollections of a World...

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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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.

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Samuel Hynes was born in Chicago in 1924 and educated at the University of Minnesota and Columbia University. He served as a Marine Corps pilot from 1943-46 and 1952-53 and is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross (for his war service) and a Robert F. Kennedy Award (for The Soldiers' Tale). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature emeritus at Princeton University. His other books include A War Imagined, The Soldiers' Tale and The Growing Seasons.

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