Tuesday, 02 August 2016 08:42

44 Days: 75 Squadron and the Fight for Australia

In March and April 1942, RAAF 75 Squadron bravely defended Port Moresby for 44 days when Australia truly stood alone against the Japanese. These raw young recruits scrambled in their Kittyhawk fighters to an extraordinary and heroic battle.

The recruits had almost nothing going for them against the Japanese war machine, except for one extraordinary leader named John Jackson, a balding, tubby Queeslander – at 35 possibly the oldest fighter pilot in the world – who said little, led from the front and who had absolutely no sense of fear.

Time and time again, this brave group was hurled into battle, against all odds and logic, and succeeded in mauling a far superior enemy. After relentless attack, the squadron was almost wiped out, having succeeded in their mission but at terrible cost.

Michael Veitch, well-known as an author, actor, comedian and former ABC television and radio presenter, brings to life the exploits and sacrifices of 75 Squadron.

Author: Michael Veitch

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Paperback RRP: $32.99

Ebook: $19.99

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