By Michael Veitch
'Brilliantly researched and sympathetically advised, forty four DAYS is greater than only a becoming tribute to courageous yet missed 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 endlessly of their Kittyhawk warring parties to a unprecedented and heroic conflict, the tale of which has been left principally untold.
The recruits had virtually not anything going for them opposed to the japanese struggle laptop, aside from one amazing chief named John Jackson, a balding, tubby Queenslander - at 35 probably the oldest fighter pilot on the earth - who acknowledged little, led from front, and who had totally no feel of actual fear.
Time and time back this courageous staff have been hurled into conflict, opposed to all odds and good judgment, and succeeded in mauling a miles better enemy - while additionally struggling with opposed to the air strength hierarchy. After relentless assault, the squadron used to be virtually burnt up by the point reduction got here, having succeeded of their challenge - but additionally paying a bad price.
Michael Veitch, actor, presenter and seriously acclaimed writer, brings to existence the remarkable 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