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Life's Too Short to Cry: The Compelling Story of a Battle of Britain Ace Kindle Edition
It is not often that a long-hidden gem of a manuscript is published, bringing a moment in WWII history to vivid life for today’s readers. Geoffrey Wellum’s First Light was one example. The memoir of Timothy Vigors is another.
Born in Hatfield but raised in Ireland and educated at Eton and Cranwell, Vigors found himself in France in 1940 flying Fairey Battle bombers. After the Fall he joined the fighters of 222 Squadron, with whom he saw frantic and distinguished service over Dunkirk and persevered through the dangerous days of the Battle of Britain, when he became an ace.
Vigors transferred to the Far East in January 1941 as a flight commander with 243, then to 453 Squadron RAAF, and on December 10 of that year he led a flight of Buffaloes to cover the sinking Prince of Wales and Repulse. Dramatically shot down, burnt and attacked on his parachute, he was evacuated to Java, and from there, to India. As he describes these experiences in his handwritten account, the author provides a fascinating and valuable record, a newly discovered personal narrative of air combat destined to be seen as a classic.
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About the Author
- ASIN : B005K0CM3I
- Publisher : Grub Street Publishing (January 31, 2007)
- Publication date : January 31, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 3389 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,990 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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and blood and his story is truly remarkable. An upper crust Irishman whose passion to fly.brought him to the RAF but his extraordinary gifts kept him alive and fighting while so many around him perished. This is a wonderful story
of type of man who passes this way very infrequently. Bravo Mr. Vigors!
Jeannie Walker - Award Winning Author - "Fighting the Devil" - A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder
Leaves you wanting more....
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I was surprised to discover in yesterdays Letters to The Editor from John France in The Guardian that only 20% of RAF Fighter Pilots had been public schoolboys. Seeking some confirmation of this information I discoverd that at that time the Headmaster of Eton College called RAF pilots: "a load of bloody mechanics" and Eton Schoolboys were actively discouraged from taking the RAF Cranwell exam.
Pilot Officer Tim Vigors who became a Battle of Britain pilot was educated at Eton College he was forced to employ the services of a crammer to enable him to take the Cranwell exam because he discovered that Eton College did not give him the particular degree of educational grounding to enable him to pass the Cranwell exam to realise his childhood ambition and become an RAF pilot. Later when he was asked to give a lecture Eton College while he was actually flying during the Battle of Britain in response the provost of Eton College Eton got in touch and forced Pilot Officer Vigors to cancel the lecture stating to him that that the schoolboys parents actively disapproved of this Lecture.
I would think such phenomena was repeating itself all over this Island as the various schoolboy teaching establishments remembered their heavy casualty lists during The First World War. They knew that the RAF aircrew casualty lists during The Battle of France had been extremely heavy This brought about the incorporation/recruitment of many aspirational young men into the RAF from the middle and the working classes and consequently it radically changed the cultural makeup of this Island of Britain forever............one of those men was a relative of mine.
Tim Vigors was always in the thick of it in the air and on the ground he was a livewire a born adventurer but a bad shot as he mentions many times in his book nethertheless he shot down quite a few aircraft in the Battle of Britain but he was never a natural shot. After the battle of britain he volunteered to fly obsolete American Brewster Buffalo's in Singapore just before the Japanese invaded Malaysia.
He has some very strong views about the stonewall arrogance and abject stupidity of Admiral Tom Phillips the Task Force Commander who through prejudicial negligence gave the Battleships The Prince of Wales and The Repulse away to the Japanese as target practise for the well trained long lance torpedo equipped modern torpedo bombers of Japanese Navy Air Force. By default this avoidable event set up the Singapore garrison's catastrophic collapse of morale allowing General Perceval to surrender without offering any organised military confrontation to the japanese Army on the garrisons home ground. When the surrender was signed the Japanese Army was a sighnificantly inferior force hobbled by broken down logistics with no reserves of men or ammunition. I say if you want to know what happened you must read the book but Tim Vigors many fascinating scrapes and adventures make some superbly interesting reading
this guy was extreeeeemmmmmmmmmely lucky to survive