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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 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 ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published May 18th 2009 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published 2008)
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Feb 23, 2010 Eric_W rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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 more impressive survived two boards of inquiry, one following a collision with another ship in port that caused th ...more
Dec 28, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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 aggressiven ...more
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 more 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 ...more
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.