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 whilst Australia really stood on my own opposed to the japanese. This crew of uncooked younger recruits scrambled eternally of their Kittyhawk opponents to a unprecedented 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, aside from one outstanding chief named John Jackson, a balding, tubby Queenslander - at 35 very likely the oldest fighter pilot on the earth - who stated 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 miles more advantageous enemy - when additionally battling 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 negative price.
Michael Veitch, actor, presenter and severely acclaimed writer, brings to existence the very good 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