Flights of Passageby Samuel Hynes
He was a wide-eyed teenager when he left his Minnesota home in 1943 to learn to fly. By the end of World War II, he was a battle-worn Marine bomber pilot who'd survived more than a hundred missions in the Pacific. With stunning eloquence and breathtaking clarity, Samuel Hynes recalls those extraordinary years: the madness of war and the horror of death, the friendships forged in cockpits and gin mills, the wives and sweethearts left at home, and the wonder of flying-that exquisite harmony between pilot and machine aloft in the insubstantial air. More than a combat tale, this is the story of one man's remarkable rite of passage in that timeless world of innocence gone to war.
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Meet the Author
Samuel Hynes is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature emeritus at Princeton University. He served as a Marine Corps combat pilot from 1942 to 1953. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross (for his war service) and the Robert F. Kennedy Award (for The Soldiers' Tale) and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
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This is a very well written book by an obviously gifted writer who seems to describe him self as a careless and irresponsible Naval Aviator. He writes of his little concern for his own crew members. He goes on ad nauseam regarding his fascination with raunchy limericks. He describes his poor flying judgement and careless unprofessional approach to flying safety which results several times in danger to others, unnecessary damage to aircraft and wasteful costs to taxpayers. He talks of his inattention to duty on anti-submarine patrol which would endanger those in the fleet he should have been protecting. The author deserves very high marks as an honest and talented writer but it seems a shame to represent Naval Aviators in such a poor light. My experience as a Naval Aviator leads me to believe the authors actions and attitudes were not typical.