Paul Wankowicz’s The Ulysses Flight is an action-filled novel of three pilots in Burma, Malaya, and Singapore Island. The story begins just before WWII explodes on multiple fronts. Dogfights, love, and a secret Japanese codebook unfold.
Paul Wańkowicz, author of The Ulysses Flight, A WWII Aviation Adventure Novel of Aerial Dogfights and Love, with a Glossary, was born March 22, 1926, near Warsaw, Poland.
His father was posted to the Polish Embassy in Washington for several years, then the family returned to Poland to live in various estates as theirs had been lost to the Communist Revolution.
In the middle 1930s, the family returned to Washington, DC, as members of the Diplomatic Corps. After 1938, the family could not return to Poland because of the political situation in Europe.
Education: In Poland, he was tutored, first in French, later in Polish. On his arrival in the USA, in Washington, DC, he attended Landon School, followed by Portsmouth Prior (now Portsmouth Abbey) in Rhode Island. He was enrolled at Yale University, where he studied Elizabethan Literature with a minor in History until WWII interrupted his education.
After May, 1945 at the WWII’s end, he returned to his studies at Yale, graduating with a B.A. in English Literature.
Paul is also a graduate of U.S. Army’s Fort Bragg Vietnam Representative’s School.
Military Service: When Poland was attacked, he joined the Polish Air Force, and was assigned to the Polish Inspectorate for Aviation at the Lisgar Street Royal Canadian Air Force Headquarters (R.C.A.F) in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This experience made it possible for him to be attached to the British R.A.F. who sent him to the British Empire Air Training Plan, from which he graduated as a “Sergeant Pilot, multi-engine, land.”
Civilian Career: During and immediately after the University, he worked various jobs including apprentice carpenter, boatwright, and strawboss on construction sites.
He won a competition by designing a mortar fuze, which landed him a job as a production and quality-control engineer of ammunition in the armament industry during the Korean War. When that war ended, he worked for a short time in electronics. This led him to a four-year contract with the Smithsonian Institution’s Satellite Observer Program where he was stationed in Shiraz, Iran.
Subsequently, he joined MIT’s Neuroscience Research Program as a Junior Assistant Instructor, Engineering.
During the Korean Conflict, he landed an assignment as a Provincial Advisor in An-Xuyen Province, Vietnam. Returning to the USA just before the Tet offensive, he was recruited by the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston as a Research Engineer & Instrument Designer for mammalian research on diving seals on location in Antarctica.
At present, he is an engineer in anesthesia research employed by the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Travels and Recognition: As a pilot, he has flown extensively in the USA, Iran, and Vietnam, where he earned an honorary set of Royal Australian Air Force (R.A.A.F.) pilot’s wings, as well as The Vietnam Medal of Valor II.
Family Life: Paul Wańkowicz is married with four children, lives in Winchester, Massachusetts with his wife, Sue Birnie.
While Paul has many publication credits, The Ulysses Flight is his first published novel.
Ed Von Koenigseck, Technical Writing for Private Industry, said: The Ulysses Flight by Paul Wańkowicz is an historical novel that captures the atmosphere of it’s time—The beginning of WWII around southeast Asia. Action, adventure, romance, and the reality of suffering endured by those who lived through the difficult days when Japan was expanding its empire. The lives and hardships of civilians and military personnel are described in accurate detail as background to a tragic love story. A true page-turner.
I’m not normally a fan of war novels, but The Ulysses Flight kept me reading to the end. A beautiful Dutch refugee, a disenchanted American pilot and a distinguished British officer form an unlikely alliance to move three American planes past Japanese lines at the onset of World War II. Their mission becomes more vital when the team is asked to deliver a smuggled Japanese code book to the Allies.
- Linda Jump, Author, Journalist, Photographer and Avid Reader, Palm Bay, Florida said: Paul Wańkowicz has produced a well-researched book that is partly a story of budding love; partly a story of underdog dogfight survival and partly realistic war history. Many books offer a single viewpoint or character to describe the impact of war. But Wańkowicz shows how the war changes the lives and futures of local residents, as well as the Yanks, Brits, Aussies and even Japanese whose lives intertwined as they fought in the Malayan Peninsula and south. That “War is Hell” is proven in his pages.
- Joe St. Georges “Old, bold pilot,” Glenmore, Pennsylvania said: The Ulysses Flight by Paul Wańkowicz is a page-turner which has almost everything; a fascinating setting, believable characters, a riveting plot, history and surprises produced by a knowledgeable author who provides authentic detail. The Ulysses Flight is more than a good flying story, it is an intimate picture of diverse people responding to the end of their pre-war world, and at the same time, taking courageous steps to influence the shape of the world to come. I hated to have it end.
- Anne Mack said: Action adventures. The Japanese invasions of Burma, Malaya, and Java. Dogfights pit the Curtiss P-40 fighter pilots against the agile Japanese Zeros. A spy captures a secret codebook. Impossible missions. Aviation history. Daring pilots. Transcendent love. Smart, competent, beautiful women. The Ulysses Flight has it all!
- Marie E. Roman Poet, Artist, Author & Educator Tinley Park, Illinois said: This was certainly one of the best books I have ever read! The pages turned themselves once I got into the chapter that introduced Lisa to Frank! What a pair, and Mia and Johnny, too! Johnny was such a technical pro, so well-organized, knew what to do . . . the brains of the trio and so unassuming! I loved how independent Lisa was, and such a forerunner of the Feminist Movement in all the good things! I like how points of view alternated from the Japanese to the British, Australian, and US. That look, the communication by the elderly Japanese fighter pilot who chose not to kill Frank, and then was killed by Lisa, was especially wrenching. She being unaware of his mercy, was just looking out for Frank, and thought it was a kill or be killed situation. So much misunderstanding and lack of communication during a war and chaos. Lots of thought-provoking issues here. I think you have an international bestseller on your hands.
- Chris Kridler, FLORIDA TODAY, said: Local authors offer their share of adventure. HOT OFF THE PRESS. Melbourne publisher Terra Sancta Press has published Massachusetts author Paul Wańkowicz’s novel set in World War II. The Ulysses Flight: A WWII Aviation Adventure Novel of Aerial Dogfights and Love, with a Glossary tells the story of unlikely allies who must move three American planes beyond Japanese lines at the start of the war. Get it at www.terrasanctapress.com or call 321-914-2290, 11am to 8 pm EST.
- James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, “Small Press Bookwatch”: August 2010, Midwest Book Review, 278 Orchard Drive, Oregon, WI 53575 said: A superbly crafted aerial combat novel set in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, The Ulysses Flight author Paul Wańkowicz is able to add amazing details in large part because of his experiences flying with the Polish Air Force and the British R.A.F. in World War II. The Ulysses Flight is a deftly written and high-recommended action/adventure novel that combines aviation history with vividly portrayed aerial dogfights with truly memorable characters. The result is a thoroughly entertaining work that is especially recommended for personal reading lists and community library collections.
Readership: General audiences, aviation buffs, history readers, adults and mature high school students.
- BISAC CODE
- HIS27100 HISTORY / MILITARY /WWII - Fiction
- BOOK - FICTION - WAR & MILITARY
- BOOK - FICTION - ACTION ADVENTURE