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‘Young Man - You’ll Never Die’

Narrated by: Roger Clark
Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Merton Naydler joined the RAF at the age of 19 and served for the next six years until May 1946. He flew Spitfires and Hurricanes during a tour of duty that took him to North Africa, Burma, and Malaya. This extremely entertaining memoir portrays wartime life in the desert environment where sand and flies and life under canvas made living and flying a daunting experience. 

When the author was posted to Burma he was filled with "a deep and genuine dread." After a long uncomfortable trip, he joined 11 Squadron and was now faced with Japanese Zeroes in combat over dense tropical jungle rather than Bf 109s over a barren desert terrain. "Daytime flying was hot as hell, the humidity intense"- the author's description of his new posting that goes on to describe life in "Death Valley", named because of the likeliness of falling victim to tropical disease rather than enemy aircraft. This is the story of a sergeant pilot who learned his trade the hard way, in action over Africa and then honed his combat skills in the skies over Japanese-held tropical forests where he was eventually commissioned.

©2005 Merton Naydler (P)2018 Tantor

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An excellent book on the campaigns in africa and burma.
Told in a sensitive and compelling manner

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Heart breaking, horrifying and wonderful

These war memoirs are bound to stir you, especially when read by Roger Clark. Magnificent! It tells the story of a young man who joined the RAF during the second world war as a fighter pilot, and struggles with his 'exile' to the deserts of North Africa, the deadly jungles of Burma, the death of his comrades, and his eventual return to civilian life. All the while, a whispering voice in his ear tells him "Young man, you'll never die".

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  • Scott C
  • 14-12-19

Well written and performed

An interesting story both poignant and humorous. The narrator did an excellent job of making the story come alive. Didn’t want to stop listening once I had started it.

This is one of those books that I will listen to several times in the future after I have forgotten many of the small vignette stories that comprise the larger narrative.

I currently have over 400 audiobooks in my library and this is probably ranked among my top 25.

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  • peter
  • 08-01-19

Pretty good

Enjoyable and interesting. Not earth shattering in any respect but a good way to spend 8 hours. You won't regret the credit.