By Michael Veitch
'Brilliantly researched and sympathetically informed, forty four DAYS is greater than only a becoming tribute to courageous yet ignored heroes. it is also a most sensible read.' **** ADELAIDE ADVERTISER
In March and April 1942, RAAF seventy five Squadron bravely defended Port Moresby for forty four days while Australia actually stood by myself opposed to the japanese. This workforce of uncooked younger recruits scrambled forever of their Kittyhawk warring parties to a rare and heroic conflict, the tale of which has been left mostly untold.
The recruits had nearly not anything going for them opposed to the japanese conflict desktop, apart from one notable chief named John Jackson, a balding, tubby Queenslander - at 35 almost certainly the oldest fighter pilot on the earth - who acknowledged little, led from front, and who had completely no feel of actual fear.
Time and time back this courageous crew have been hurled into conflict, opposed to all odds and good judgment, and succeeded in mauling a much enhanced enemy - while additionally scuffling with opposed to the air strength hierarchy. After relentless assault, the squadron used to be virtually burnt up by the point aid got here, having succeeded of their project - but in addition paying a poor price.
Michael Veitch, actor, presenter and seriously acclaimed writer, brings to existence the impressive exploits and tragic sacrifices of this brave squadron of Australian heroes.
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44 Days: 75 Squadron and the Fight for Australia by Michael Veitch