By Michael Veitch
'Brilliantly researched and sympathetically informed, 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 eternally of their Kittyhawk opponents to a rare and heroic conflict, the tale of which has been left principally untold.
The recruits had nearly not anything going for them opposed to the japanese battle computer, aside from one remarkable chief named John Jackson, a balding, tubby Queenslander - at 35 almost certainly 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 common sense, and succeeded in mauling a much improved 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 excellent exploits and tragic sacrifices of this brave squadron of Australian heroes.
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