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by Tim Vigors

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  • ISBN 1904943616
  • ISBN13 978-1904943617
  • Language English
  • Author Tim Vigors
  • Publisher Grub Street Publishing (January 31, 2007)
  • Pages 192
  • Formats doc mobi lrf lit
  • Category Biography
  • Subcategory Historical
  • Size ePub 1538 kb
  • Size Fb2 1976 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 539

It is not often that a remarkable gem of a manuscript is uncovered and published. Geoffrey Wellum’s First Light was one example. The memoir of Timothy Ashmead Vigors is another. Born in Hatfield but raised in Eire and educated at Eton and Cranwell, early 1940 found Tim Vigors in France flying Fairey Battle bombers. After the Fall he converted to fighters joining 222 Squadron with whom he saw frantic and distinguished service over Dunkirk and then during the dangerous days of The Battle of Britain, when he became an ace. Transferred to the Far East in January 1941 as a flight commander with 243, thence to 453 Squadron RAAF, on 10th December 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. And this is where his hand-written account ends. Throughout, the author describes his experiences in an honest, refreshing way. It is a fascinating and valuable record, one destined to be seen as a classic. Postwar, Tim was no less active primarily in the horse world, in Ireland and England, selling, breeding and consulting; but also in aviation, with his own company Vigors Aviation.

The memoir of Timothy Ashmead Vigors is another. Born in Hatfield but raised in Eire and educated at Eton and Cranwell, early 1940 found Tim Vigors in France flying Fairey Battle bombers.

The memoir of Timothy Ashmead Vigors is another. After the Fall he converted to fighters joining 222 Squadron with whom he saw frantic and distinguished service over Dunkirk and then during the dangerous days of The Battle of Britain, when he became an ace. Transferred to the Far East in January 1941 as a flight commander with 243, thence to 453 Squadron RAAF, on 10th December he led a flight of Buffaloes to cover the sinking Prince of Wales and Repulse.

Start by marking Life's Too Short to Cry: The Compelling . The memoir of Timothy Ashmead Vigors is another.

Start by marking Life's Too Short to Cry: The Compelling Memoir of a Battle of Britain Ace as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. After the Fall he converted to fighters joining 222 Squadr It is not often that a remarkable gem of a manuscript is uncovered and published. As he helplessly clings to his parachute, the Jap pilots come back to finish him off. He remembers the advice of a fellow pilot and begins climbing the ropes of his parachute while Jap bullets are zinging around him.

Trouble was, he attracted far too many life-threatening situations, if not at the hands of German and Japanese fighter .

Trouble was, he attracted far too many life-threatening situations, if not at the hands of German and Japanese fighter pilots (yes he opted to go east when things began to cool down in the European theater) than in dangerous crashes of his own making. Because he was an exceptionally talented pilot, and was very lucky, he lived through all those bad days, but barely. 3 people found this helpful.

Start by marking Life's Too Short To Cry . Having read a few World War 2 fighter pilot books, this is not one of the greats, but still an enjoyable read. ant to Read. 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.

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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.

Life's Too Short to Cry: The Compelling Story of a Battle of Britain Ac. THE title of this book no doubt tells you what it is about. The name Spitfire first became a household word during the Blitz of last year, but before this these wonderful aircraft had given us valiant service at Dunkirk.

Life's Too Short to Cry: The Compelling Story of a Battle of Britain Ace. Tim Vigors. Spitfire Pilot THE title of this book no doubt tells you what it is about. In this book I have set down the experiences of a pilot in a fighter squadron - myself. I have been with the squadron since the beginning of the war, first as a flight commander and later as . and I never wish to meet a grander bunch of blokes.

Geoffrey Wellum's First Light was one example. The memoir of Timothy Ashmead Vigors is another

It is not often that a remarkable gem of a manuscript is uncovered and published. Geoffrey Wellum's First Light was one example.

This gem of a memoir was first published in hardback in November 2006. Two printings sold out in a year to critical acclaim. Born in Hatfield but raised in Eire and educated at Eton and Cranwell, 1940 found Tim Vigors flying Spitfires and seeing frantic and distinguished service over Dunkirk and then during the dangerous days of The Battle of Britain, when he became an ace. Transferred to the Far East in January 1941 as a flight commander on 10th December he led a flight of Buffaloes to cover the sinking Prince of Wales and Repulse

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Lanadrta
Tim Vigors had that gift of being able to keep one interested in the subject. This in no way means this book is boring. Far from it, but most stories have their high points scattered in between long pages of basic filler material. Tim could even make that part interesting. By the way, this man flew the Brewster Buffalo into combat against the Zero and survived. Barely. But you read the stories, and I think you will agree.
CONVERSE
This memoir of a fighter pilot in World War II left me with several thoughts.

First was the thought that no matter how good you were, fate or luck or whatever had a lot to do with your survival. One time with almost no warning the Germans were bombing their air field. They were emergency scrambling to get airborne. Some of the Spitfires were hit by German bombs. They paid no attention as to how good a pilot you were. In another instance Vigors was scheduled to fly somewhere on a transport aircraft. He got bumped off the flight by a general. The plane was shot down, no survivors.

Second there's an interesting insight to the loss of the 'Prince of Wales' and 'Repulse.' Vigors was the commander of the squadron that was to provide them with continuous dawn to dusk air cover. Admiral Phillips took his two ships to sea without telling the Air Force. You have to presume that he was one of the Battleship Admirals who refused to believe that his majestic, powerful ship could be hurt by those pesky little aircraft. He went down with his ship.

Finally I find myself wondering about his love life. In England he was in love with the beautiful Jil. In Singapore there is a comment that he married Jan. The manuscript for the book was found after his death and submitted for publication by his widow Diana. Way to go flyboy.
Uylo
I think this is an excellant book. I didn't notice any filler as one of the other reviewers did.
Wilalmaine
With memories of Geoffrey Wellum's recent book 'First Light', I was excited to find that a new Second World War RAF pilot's autobiography had been published so recently as 2006. I found the facts of the book most interesting, but it lacks tension and literary style, and I never found myself wanting to read on and on, as with Wellum and many other authors. As a keen student of the great Douglas Bader, I was fascinated by Vigors' references to their flying together, at a time when Bader was developing his ideas on tactics and leadership. To be fair, Tim's death came before his book could be properly edited, and it is well worth reading for the history surrounding the sinking of Prince of Wales and Repulse, and the Royal Navy's lack of understanding of air power, despite the lessons learned in Europe.