Richard Hillary
Richard Hillary
Flight Lieutenant Richard Hope Hillary was a Battle of Britain pilot who died during World War II. He is best known for his book The Last Enemy, based upon his experiences during the Battle of Britain.
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; A Husband Tells His Wife's Other Love Story
NYTimes - almost 28 years
LEAD: Mary and Richard A True Story of Love and War By Michael Burn 249 pages. Arbor House/William Morrow. $18.95. Mary and Richard A True Story of Love and War By Michael Burn 249 pages. Arbor House/William Morrow. $18.95. There are echoes of Robert E. Sherwood's ''Waterloo Bridge'' in Michael Burn's ''Mary and Richard,'' an unusual reminiscence
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IN THE WHIRL AND MUDDLE OF WAR
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: Sometime in the late 1920's, Horace Pippin, a black American veteran of World War I, began to write his memories of his war. It must have been difficult: Pippin was not a writer and was not very well educated. Even the physical act of writing was hard for him, for his right hand and arm had been crippled by a sniper's bullet and he could
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JUNIOR BIRDMEN GROW UP
NYTimes - almost 29 years
LEAD: FLIGHTS OF PASSAGE Reflections of a World War II Aviator. By Samuel Hynes. 270 pp. Annapolis, Md.: Frederic C. Beil/The Naval Institute Press. $16.95. FLIGHTS OF PASSAGE Reflections of a World War II Aviator. By Samuel Hynes. 270 pp. Annapolis, Md.: Frederic C. Beil/The Naval Institute Press. $16.95. SEVERAL years ago, The Columbus Dispatch
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New & Noteworthy
NYTimes - over 32 years
THE EMPEROR OF THE AMAZON, by Marcio Souza. (Avon/Bard, $2.95.) The Brazilian writer Marcio Souza published his first and acclaimed novel, ''The Emperor of the Amazon,'' in 1977. It is written as the memoirs of Luiz Galvez, an inconsequential journalist of 1899, who becomes involved with a Bolivian diplomat, an English scientist, an American agent,
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Richard Hillary
NYTimes - over 33 years
To the Editor: In his excellent review (May 22) of Richard Hillary's beautiful autobiography ''The Last Enemy,'' Richard J. Margolis writes that Hillary was killed in combat on Jan. 7, 1943. This is incorrect. Despite physical unfitness, Lieutenant Hillary insisted on returning to active service, and finally the Royal Air Force Medical Board
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    TWENTIES
  • 1943
    Age 23
    The funeral service of Richard Hope Hillary took place at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 25 January 1943 at 12:30pm followed by cremation at Golders Green Crematorium, where he is commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cremation memorial.
    More Details Hide Details Hillary's ashes were scattered from an A-20 Boston over the English Channel by his former 603 Squadron commanding officer, Wing Commander George Denholm. In 2001 a memorial to Hillary was unveiled at the site of the former RAF Charterhall near Greenlaw, Berwickshire.
  • 1941
    Age 21
    Hillary's love affair with Mary Booker which lasted from December 1941 until his death was the subject of Michael Burn's book Richard & Mary (1988)
    More Details Hide Details He is today remembered in his alma mater of Trinity College, Oxford, by an annual literature prize, a portrait outside the college library, and an annual lecture in his honour (initiated in 1992). Lecturers have included Sebastian Faulks, Beryl Bainbridge (2000), Ian McEwan (2001), Julian Barnes (2002), Graham Swift (2003), Jeanette Winterson (2004), Mark Haddon (2005), Monica Ali (2006), Philip Pullman (2007), Howard Jacobson (2008), Colm Tóibín (2009), Carol Ann Duffy (2010), Tom Stoppard (2011), Andrew Motion (2012), Anne Enright (2013), Will Self (2014), Simon Armitage (2015) and David Hare (2016).
  • 1940
    Age 20
    On 3 September 1940 he had just made his fifth "kill" when he was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf 109 flown by Hauptmann Helmut Bode of II./JG 26:
    More Details Hide Details Unable to quickly escape from his burning aircraft, he suffered extensive burns to his face and hands, but did eventually escape the aircraft and bailed out into the North Sea where he was rescued by the Margate lifeboat Lord Southborough (ON 688). Hillary is one of the best known of McIndoe's "Guinea Pig Club", having endured three months of painful surgery in an attempt to fully repair the damage to his hands and face in order to return to combat duty. Hillary managed to bully himself back into a flying position even though, as it was noted in the officers' mess, he could barely handle a knife and fork. Hillary returned to service with No 54 Operational Training Unit at RAF Charterhall after recovering from his injuries.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 19
    Hillary was called up to the Royal Air Force in October 1939 and in July 1940, having completed his training, he was posted to B Flight, No. 603 Squadron RAF, located at RAF Station Montrose flying Spitfires.
    More Details Hide Details The Squadron moved south to RAF Hornchurch on 27 August 1940 and immediately saw combat. In one week of combat Hillary personally claimed five Bf. 109’s shot down, claimed two more probably destroyed and one damaged. Richard Hillary writes about his first experience in a Supermarine Spitfire in The Last Enemy:
    He joined the Oxford University Air Squadron and RAFVR in 1939.
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  • 1938
    Age 18
    He rowed in the successful Trinity College VIII of 1938.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Born
    Born on April 20, 1919.
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