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John Monk Saunders was an American novelist, screenwriter and movie director, born in Hinckley, Minnesotamarker on 22 November 1897. He served in the Air Service during World War I as a flight instructor in Florida, but was never able to secure a posting to France, a disappointment that frustrated him for the remainder of his life.

Saunders was married first to Avis Hughes from 1922 to 1927 then to the actress Fay Wray from 1928 to 1939, with whom he had a daughter.

He committed suicide at Ft. Myers, Floridamarker, in 1940.

His screenwriting credits include Wings (1927), The Last Flight (which he adapted from his own novel Single Lady), and The Conquest of the Air (1936), which he also directed.

He won an Oscar for Best Story for the writing of The Dawn Patrol


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