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Courage in the skies : the untold story of Qantas, its brave men and women and their extraordinary role in World War II / Jim Eames
Bib ID 7463656
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Eames, Jim, author
 
Description Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2017 
©2017 
ix, 336 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits, plates ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781760293932 (paperback)
Summary

'In this most readable book, Jim Eames captures the experiences of a small band of brave, professional and pioneering aircrew who confronted the dangers of war, the challenges of unforgiving oceanic and tropical weather and the uncertainty of navigation in unarmed flying boats and conventional aircraft.' - Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd) This is a story of truly heroic deeds during the fall of Singapore, taking munitions and military personnel up and refugees back, of escape and subterfuge as crews prepared for these dangerous operations. It tells of how Qantas confronted the Japanese advance into Indonesia and on to Timor, of its planes being shot down by Japanese Zeros, and the little mentioned bombing of Broome during which 14 flying boats were destroyed and many lives were lost. Then there are the Papua New Guinea campaigns, the highlights of which are the rescue of 90 Australian civilians who made it through to Mt Hagan after the Japanese took Rabaul and the airline's involvement in the great battles of Kokoda, Buna and Gona. This is a story of an extraordinary group of Australians who confronted the dark days of World War II with bravery, commitment and initiative. They just happened to be Qantas people.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 318-319) and index.

Subjects Qantas Airways -- History.  |  Qantas Empire Airways -- History.  |  Airlines -- Australia -- History.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations.  |  World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, Australian.  |  Australasian & Pacific history  |  Darwin (N.T.) -- History -- Bombardment, 1942.  |  Australian

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