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Whispering Death Australian Airman in the Pacific War by Mark Johnson

Whispering Death Australian Airman in the Pacific War by Mark Johnson

Whispering Death Australian Airman in the Pacific War by Mark Johnson

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A highly recommended book about the air war the Australian theater of the Pacific war i.e. New Guinea KOKODA Wau Darwin Port Moresby Ambon Bay Bougainville. As a number of appendixes RAAF squadrons and their casualty and victory totals in the Pacific war. Aircraft profiles, Raaf aerial victory claims in the Pacific RAAF aces against Japan - Storey Caldwell Bowes Claire Jackson Gordon Vanderfield Atherton and Goold. Aircraft the victors and victims. A large book of 511 pages fully indexed.

February 1942 brought the RAAF its darkest hour: the bombing of Darwin, which no Australian fighter planes contested. But in the months following, Australian aircrew won or contributed to great aerial victories in the air over Port Moresby, Milne Bay, the Papuan beachheads and the Bismarck Sea. The American air force grew to dominate both the Japanese and their Australian ally, but until war's end Australian aircrew continued to battle in Pacific skies, and to die in flaming aircraft or at the hands of vindictive captors. Some pilots, such as aces Clive 'Killer' Caldwell and Keith 'Bluey' Truscott became household names. Certain Australian aircraft caught the public imagination too: the Kittyhawk, the Spitfire and the plane dubbed 'Whispering Death' for its eviscerating firepower and deceptively quiet engines - the Beaufighter.

Australia's flight to victory was never smooth, thanks to internal squabbling at the RAAF's highest levels and a difficult relationship with the allies on whom Australia depended for aircraft and leadership. So controversial were the RAAF's final operations that some of its most prominent pilots mutinied. Based on thousands of official and private documents, Whispering Death makes for compelling reading. 

  • Book Condition: PERFECT - NEW BOOK
  • Cover Soft (SB) or Hardback (HB): Soft Cover
  • Dimensions in mm : 150 x 235 x 35
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Total Pages: 511

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