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FLIGHT 777: The Mystery of Leslie Howard Hardcover – February 1, 2013


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Originally issued in 1957, Colvin's influential book has been reissued to mark the 70th anniversary of Howard's mysterious death. Already the result of an exhaustive investigation, the book has been expanded with a new introduction and footnotes not available at the time of original publiciation. While Colvin felt that Howard wasn't a deliberate target, various questions have nagged away over the years and the additions go some way to answering them. Best of British Re-published on the 70th anniversary year of the wartime tragedy, it had a new introduction and updated notes based on information that has since become available from recently open national archive files. - Bristol Post

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Ian Colvin was an eminent British journalist who had worked in pre-war Berlin where he made secret contacts with anti-Nazis. Hitler's regime expelled him from Germany but, in the 1950s, he was able to use some of those contacts to help him investigate the reasons behind the shooting down of Flight 777.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword; Reprint edition (February 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781590168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781590164
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,219,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story of Leslie Howard and the fate of those on Flight 777 back in 1942 is interesting but hard to follow. It was easy to follow Howard as well as Churchill since I was familiar with these individuals. However, the others in the story with whom I was not familiar made those portions of the book difficult to follow. I felt that the author should have provided a glossary of those involved with a short description of their role to make it easier to tell one person from another. Otherwise, the author did do quite a bit of research to follow down the leads as to the reasoning behind the shooting down of this plane, including tracking down Nazi fliers that may have been involved. The book was originally published in 1957 and this is a new publication with a postscript from the original book. I would have liked to have known if anyone has ever done any dives in the Bay of Biscay to see if the plane wreckage could be discovered.
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