By Christobel Mattingley
The riveting actual tale account of a tender WW2 pilot's heroic trip, illustrated all through with interesting photos, maps and excerpts from his log books.
'Bomb doorways open!'
It used to be the decision that haunted airmen's dreams.
This is the tale of a normal younger Australian whose ambition to fly took him midway around the globe in the course of global warfare II - and the fateful project whilst his airplane was once hit 3 times.
'Battle Order 204 is ready the standard of courage...Christobel Mattingley has written this publication with compassion and perception, its presentation is gripping and moving.' Max Fatchen AM
'Brilliant...At as soon as uplifting but thought-provoking; enlightening but, of necessity, unhappy. there's a commendable stability of demanding truth and human emotion components, and that i stumbled on it virtually most unlikely to place down.' Mike Garbett, writer of The Lancaster at War
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Through Christmas and January, David was aware of faces missing from the beach scene. His older brother Max, home on holidays from teaching in Brisbane, talked of enlisting in the Royal Australian Navy, because the sea had always been his passion. And when term began in February 1940, David found that teachers at his school had left to join the Services. By Easter, Germany had invaded Norway and Denmark, and a British force sent to help Norway singe Herr Hitler’s moustache failed for lack of air power.
Winter Saturdays were different. On wild wet days, or when fog seeped up from the river, or dark clouds shrouded the Western Tiers, he stayed home, disappointed but determined, plugging away at the maths he would need if he was ever to become a pilot. ’ Whistling, he would pedal uphill out of town. When he reached the flat road that led to the Western Junction airfield, speeding by the clipped hawthorn hedges still speckled with red berries, he laughed as he felt the wind rushing through his hair.
David caught a special train from Launceston, travelling over four hours, to join the crowds gaping at the great grey giant towering above the fishing boats in the historic deepwater harbour. He took in every detail and would have given anything to change his civvies for uniform, to be striding up the gangplank, kitbag on shoulder. Instead he just had to trudge to the station for the rackety trip home in the cold and dark, with a long walk at the end. At the New Year’s Eve beach party there were now many more girls than boys.
Battle Order 204. A Bomber Pilot's Story by Christobel Mattingley