By Michael Veitch
'Brilliantly researched and sympathetically advised, forty four DAYS is greater than only a becoming tribute to courageous yet neglected 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 opponents 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 struggle laptop, aside from one impressive chief named John Jackson, a balding, tubby Queenslander - at 35 potentially the oldest fighter pilot on the planet - 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 much better enemy - when additionally combating opposed to the air strength hierarchy. After relentless assault, the squadron was once nearly burnt up by the point aid got here, having succeeded of their venture - but in addition paying a poor price.
Michael Veitch, actor, presenter and severely acclaimed writer, brings to lifestyles the brilliant 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