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The USS Flier: Death and Survival on a World War II Submarine | [Michael Sturma]

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 13, 1944, the submarine struck a mine and sank to the bottom of the Sulu Sea in less than one minute, leaving only 14 of its crew of 86 hands alive. After enduring 18 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 14 of its crew of 86 hands alive. After enduring 18 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.

©2008 The University Press of Kentucky (P)2012 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Sturma tells an engrossing story of courage, suffering and survival." (Kirkus Reviews)

"I highly recommend this work to naval history scholars and to those who are interested in learning more about the intricacies of how modern navies actually work." (World War II Quarterly)

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    "Disjointed & Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Military folks


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Sturma again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was like someone reading a engine repair manual.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The actual parts about them being castaways was interesting


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    Gary Powhatan, Virginia, United States 10-01-12
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator


    Would you recommend The USS Flier to your friends? Why or why not?

    Would reccomend only to die hard military history buffs


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voice was to monotone with little inflection or emphasis on words or phrases.


    Could you see The USS Flier being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not without extensive rewriting.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting but dry.

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    I liked the story in general but the auther went in to great detail about a great many things not central to the narrative. I enjoyed many of the asides, but it was hard to get back to the overall discussion. I would have liked more care in what was included.

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, a story that could have been done in one chapter !


    Has The USS Flier turned you off from other books in this genre?

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    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing wrong with the narrator, I was satisfied with his job.


    Was The USS Flier worth the listening time?

    Negative


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    the narration


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    anything else


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    like an automaton


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The USS Flier?

    nothing in particular


    Any additional comments?

    someone should edit the narration that knows something about the subject matteri

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