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Author Eames, Jim, author.

Title Courage in the skies : the untold story of Qantas, its brave men and women and their extraordinary role in World War II / Jim Eames.

Publication Info. Sydney ; Melbourne : Allen & Unwin, 2017.

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Description 1 online resource (367 pages) : illustrations, portraits, maps
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Note Record machine-generated from publisher information.
Introduction 1. Prelude to a war: The Imperial-BOAC dilemma 2. A world at war 3. The shadows darken, 1940 4. Cats across the Pacific 5. The Americans are coming: Pan Am 6. Route extensions and Sibolga dogs 7. The battle for Singapore 8. Running the gauntlet 9. Impregnable no more: The fall of Singapore 10. Aub Koch's war: Part one 11. Loss and retreat: The link is cut 12. Means of escape 13. Near miss at Darwin 14. Dave Ross's Dili dilemma 15. Tjilatjap: The rat trap 16. 'One of our aircraft is missing': The loss of Circe 17. Death and disaster at Broome 18. Papua New Guinea: The last stand 19. The struggle for aircraft and the Bully Beef Bombers 20. Empires to the rescue 21. The Japanese have landed 22. Aub Koch's war: Part two 23. 'A most fascinating and romantic undertaking': In secret across the Indian Ocean 24. The home front 25. The end comes 26. Among those who served 27. The struggle for recognition Acknowledgements Appendix Qantas staff casualties Bibliography Index.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Note Description based on print version record.
Subject Qantas Airways -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations.
Airlines -- Australia -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Eames, Jim. Courage in the skies : the untold story of Qantas, its brave men and women and their extraordinary role in World War II. Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2017 ix, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm 9781760293932 (OCoLC)on1005351098 (DLC)20504380
ISBN 9781760293932 paperback
1760293938 paperback
9781760633714 (e-book)

 
    
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