By Michael Sturma
The destiny of the USS Flier is among the such a lot impressive tales of the second one global warfare. On August thirteen, 1944, the submarine struck a mine and sank to the ground of the Sulu Sea in lower than one minute, leaving simply fourteen of its workforce of eighty-six palms alive. After enduring eighteen hours within the water, 8 closing survivors swam to a distant island managed through the japanese. Deep in the back of enemy traces and with out meals or consuming water, the crewmen discovered that their fight for survival had simply all started. On its first conflict patrol, the unfortunate Flier made it from Pearl Harbor to halfway the place it ran aground on a reef. After vast upkeep and a proper army inquiry, the Flier set out once more, this time finishing a special patrol from Pearl Harbor to Fremantle, Western Australia. notwithstanding the Flier's subsequent challenge will be its ultimate one, that challenge is necessary for a number of purposes: the tale of the Flier's sinking illuminates the character of worldwide warfare II underwater war and naval protocol and demonstrates the excessive measure of cooperation that existed between submariners, coast watchers, and guerrillas within the Philippines. The 8 sailors who survived the catastrophe grew to become the 1st americans of the Pacific battle to flee from a sunken submarine and go back correctly to the us. Their tale of patience and survival has all of the components of a vintage international battle II story: unexpected catastrophe, actual deprivation, a ruthless enemy, and a dramatic break out from in the back of enemy strains. within the USS Flier: dying and Survival on an international struggle II Submarine, famous historian Michael Sturma vividly recounts a harrowing tale of courageous males who lived to come back to the provider in their kingdom.