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The USS Flier: Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine #2020

The USS Flier Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine The fate of the USS Flier is one of the most astonishing stories of the Second World War On August the submarine struck a mine and sank to the bottom of the Sulu Sea in less than one minute

  • Title: The USS Flier: Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine
  • Author: Michael Sturma
  • ISBN: 9780813124810
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The USS Flier: Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine By Michael Sturma, The fate of the USS Flier is one of the most astonishing stories of the Second World War On August 13, 1944, the submarine struck a mine and sank to the bottom of the Sulu Sea in less than one minute, leaving only fourteen of its crew of eighty six hands alive After enduring eighteen hours in the water, eight remaining survivors swam to a remote island controlled by theThe fate of the USS Flier is one of the most astonishing stories of the Second World War On August 13, 1944, the submarine struck a mine and sank to the bottom of the Sulu Sea in less than one minute, leaving only fourteen of its crew of eighty six hands alive After enduring eighteen hours in the water, eight remaining survivors swam to a remote island controlled by the Japanese Deep behind enemy lines and without food or drinking water, the crewmen realized that their struggle for survival had just begun On its first war patrol, the unlucky Flier made it from Pearl Harbor to Midway where it ran aground on a reef After extensive repairs and a formal military inquiry, the Flier set out once again, this time completing a distinguished patrol from Pearl Harbor to Fremantle, Western Australia Though the Flier s next mission would be its final one, that mission is important for several reasons the story of the Flier s sinking illuminates the nature of World War II underwater warfare and naval protocol and demonstrates the high degree of cooperation that existed among submariners, coast watchers, and guerrillas in the Philippines The eight sailors who survived the disaster became the first Americans of the Pacific war to escape from a sunken submarine and return safely to the United States Their story of persistence and survival has all the elements of a classic World War II tale sudden disaster, physical deprivation, a ruthless enemy, and a dramatic escape from behind enemy lines In The USS Flier Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine, noted historian Michael Sturma vividly recounts a harrowing story of brave men who lived to return to the service of their country.

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    1. John Crowley was assigned the Flier after serving two years on the old S series of subs There were very unpleasant experiences with no air conditioning, no showers, and only one toilet for 50 men Sometimes, after a patrol, the fresh air would almost act like a drug on them Crowley had a charmed life he survived the sinking of the Flier and even evaded capture by the Japanese and impressive survived two boards of inquiry, one following a collision with another ship in port that caused the death [...]

    2. On February 1, 2010 the US Navy confirmed that the USS Flier has been found in the Balabac Strait The Flier was not the luckiest submarine in the US Fleet during WWII, she grounded herself at Midway losing a sailor, and sank on her second war patrol The USS Flier looks at the history and impact of the loss of the Flier What is discussed is the factors surrounding her sinking, the commanding officer sailing under a Shakespearean star crossed sailing record, did his lack of previous aggressiveness [...]

    3. I like escape stories where people face enormous odds, particularly WW2 stories like the Great Escape, which is why I chose this book It was disappointing Too many characters w o enough descriptions of them to make you feel connected to them Too much technical stuff You might enjoy this book if you were there for the events, knew the people involved, or were uncommonly familiar with submarine culture Incredibly well researched and documented, however The Bib and references took almost as many p [...]

    4. Information seemed well researched I was not a fan of the way the journey of the flier was mixed with the timeline of the war and other subs The flier story seemed a very small part to me and to be shared a few sentences or paragraphs at a time made me not feel that attached to the men of the flier.

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