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Last Flight From Singapore

Author : Arthur G. Donahue
ISBN : 1594162018
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The First American Volunteer to Serve in the RAF During World War II Who Fought in the Battle of Britain and Then Defended Singapore Against the Japanese Invasion As one of the storied few who defeated the Nazi Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain, American Arthur G. Donahue—Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross—wished to continue his service and requested overseas duty. In October 1941, he was sent to the British protectorate of Singapore as a precaution against a possible threat from Japan, which was already conducting a war in China. Within two months, all of Asia was thrown into turmoil as Japan simultaneously bombed Hawaii and invaded the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. Japanese forces swiftly conquered much of Southeast Asia and began moving toward Burma and India. Standing in the face of this onslaught was the British stronghold of Singapore. Donahue and his squadron began around-the-clock sorties, reminiscent of their battle against Germany a little more than one year earlier. This time, however, the British forces were overwhelmed and they were forced to surrender the city to the Japanese in February 1942, an event Winston Churchill called “the worst disaster” in British history. During the final phase of the battle, Donahue was wounded while strafing Japanese transports unloading troops to storm Singapore. He managed to land, and was airlifted on the last flight from the city and ultimately to a hospital in India. In Last Flight from Singapore, Donahue tells his dramatic story, accompanied by photographs he took himself, of the intense and futile battle against the Japanese for control of the gateway to the Malay Peninsula. He continues his story through his convalescence to his return to England, where he once again began patrols over Europe. The manuscript for Last Flight from Singapore was found among his effects after he did not return from a patrol in 1942 and was presumed lost.

Last Flight From Singapore

Author : Arthur Donahue DFC
ISBN : 1519086067
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"Donahue makes no attempt either to dramatize or underplay his experiences. He tells them in a simple, unvarnished manner, much as if he were sitting down with some friends back home. The result is pretty close to what the real thing must have been." -- New York Times In June 1940 a young commercial pilot from Minnesota, Arthur Donahue, signed up to become a pilot in the R.A.F. He would spend the next two years fighting for the British in their Spitfire and Hurricane planes over the Channel and in the Far East. During the Battle of Britain and Battle for Singapore he distinguished himself and was greatly respected by his comrades who flew alongside him. Eventually he would lose his life fighting for the Allied cause. Last Flight from Singapore documents Donahue's life from the autumn of 1941 through to the evacuation of Java after being wounded in "the greatest military disaster ever suffered by British arms." It is an incredibly personal account that highlights the dangers of the path that Donahue had taken. With his vivid description of the dogfights, the humor of the pilot's mess, technical details of the planes and the constant threat of danger Last Flight from Singapore transports the reader back to the skies of World War Two. As a bonus for the reader the publisher has also included Donahue's previous work Tally Ho! A Yankee in a Spitfire at the end of this book, which covers his life during the Battle of Britain. These two memoirs truly show the bravery of those to whom "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few". While in Singapore Donahue won the Distinguished Flying Cross, his citation reads:"This officer carried out many low level reconnaissance sorties and successfully attacked enemy shipping and ground objectives. On one occasion while attacking enemy troops who were attempting a landing in the Singapore area, he silenced the enemy's fire and enabled the rest of the squadron to press home attacks with impunity. He has destroyed several enemy planes." Arthur Donahue was an American fighter pilot who volunteered to fly for the British Royal Air Force in World War II. He was killed in action in September 1942. Donahue wrote two books about his RAF service, Tally-Ho! Yankee in a Spitfire (published in 1941) and Last Flight from Singapore (published in 1943).

Last Flight From Singapore Illustrated Edition

Author : Flt. Lt. Arthur G. Donahue DFC
ISBN : 9781786257505
Genre : History
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Includes 20 illustrations. Arthur “Art” Gerald Donahue, a native of Minnesota, bravely entered the fray of the Second World War as volunteer pilot in the Royal Air Force by falsely claiming to be a Canadian in 1940. He was already an experienced pilot before he took off in his Spitfire in 64 Squadron based at RAF Kenley, and then 71 Squadron. His experiences and victories during the Battle of Britain are recounted in his first book “Yankee In A Spitfire” but suffice it to say he flew with great skill and courage as one of the “Few”. After a period of brief leave in America he was transferred to the Far East with 258 Squadron, a part of the belated effort to reinforce Singapore. In this book he recounts his adventures in the air over Singapore and Sumatra in the chaotic fighting that saw the British troops routed by a brilliant offensive by the Japanese. Surviving the overwhelming odds in the air, the author managed to escape back to England via India; but was listed as missing in action in 1942. “Donahue makes no attempt either to dramatize or underplay his experiences. He tells them in a simple, unvarnished manner, much as if he were sitting down with some friends back home. The result is pretty close to what the real thing must have been.”—New York Times

Last Flight

Author : Amelia Earhart
ISBN : 9780307715937
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Earhart's account of her ill-fated last flight around the world, begun in 1937, remains one of the most moving and absorbing adventure stories of all time. Compiled here are dispatches, letters, diary entries and charts she sent to her husband at each stage of her trip.

Final Hours In The Pacific

Author : Donald J. Young
ISBN : 9780786462315
Genre : History
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"From December 7, 1941, until the Battle of Midway in June 1942, the war with Japan was a losing one. Of those days, none was more trying than the final hours for the men trapped on Wake Island, Bataan, Corregidor, Hong Kong and Singapore. This book, outlining the end, covers the crucial days that led to their surrender"--Provided by publisher.

Last Flight From Saigon

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ISBN : 1428993991
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Dragon Age Last Flight

Author : Liane Merciel
ISBN : 9780765337214
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Fleeing Thedas, which has been overrun by the mage-murdering Templar Order, Valya draws strength from the diary of Isseya, an ancient elven mage, and takes the fate of Thedas into her own hands.

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105007427896
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Sinister Twilight

Author : Noël Barber
ISBN : UOM:39015065862065
Genre : World War, 1939-1945
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Shameful Flight

Author : Stanley A. Wolpert
ISBN : 9780195393941
Genre : History
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Ranging from the fall of Singapore in 1942 to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948, this text provides a vivid behind-the-scenes look at Britain's decision to divest itself from the crown jewel of its empire. Wolpert, a leading authority on Indian history, paints memorable portraits of all the key participants.

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