|Plot Summary of Flights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator|
|" When Samuel Hynes left his home in Minnesota in 1943, he did so in order to become a marine pilot. When World War Two ended, Hynes was an experienced fighter pilot, who had flown several missions in the Pacific. For Samuel Hynes, World War Two would open the door to a much larger world. Over the course of this war, the boy from Minnesota would become a man. Once he had enlisted, he grew impatient with what he called the "hurry-up and wait" mentality displayed by the military. He was also disappointed at the amount of drinking, and sexual activity that he and other soldiers participated in.
Hynes was put-off by all of the droll and drudgery he experienced after he first joined the Marines. The regimentation, the drills, etc. By the time he had earned his wings, and had completed training as a Torpedo Bomber Pilot, the war was coming to an end, but he would see action at Okinawa. By the time the war finally did end, Hynes had flown over 100 missions in the Pacific.
Samuel Hynes cherished the red alert of war as a high point in his life, a point that his life would never reach again. Looking back, Samuel Hynes discovers that the decade of the 1940s was filled with moments of hatred, love, and deliverance, for both himself, and for all people.
Nathaniel Ford, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Flights of Passage: Reflections of a World War II Aviator|
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War/Cloak & Dagger story?
- fought as military pilot
Period of greatest activity?
- World War II
Subject of Biography
- airforce pilot
- long lived adults
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- Pacific Islands
- Pacific Islands
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more dialog than descript
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
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