BOOKS

Courage in the Skies

Jim Eames

RRP: £16.99

1 March 2018

Published by Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 9781760293932

This is a story of truly heroic deeds during the fall of Singapore, taking munitions and military personnel up and refugees back, of escape and subterfuge as crews prepared for these dangerous operations.

It tells of how Qantas confronted the Japanese advance into Indonesia and on to Timor, of its planes being shot down by Japanese Zeros, and the little-mentioned bombing of Broome during which 14 flying boats were destroyed and many lives were lost. Then there are the Papua New Guinea campaigns, the highlights of which are the rescue of 90 Australian civilians who made it through to Mt Hagan after the Japanese took Rabaul and the airline’s involvement in the great battles of Kokoda, Buna and Gona.

This is a story of an extraordinary group of Australians who confronted the dark days of World War II with bravery, commitment and initiative. They just happened to be Qantas people.

REVIEWS

A riveting collection of untold or forgotten stories... Richly told accounts of colourful characters, political intrigues and hushed-up operations.
The Australian on FLYING KANGAROO

A collection of often amazing stories... A great read
Sydney Morning Herald on FLYING KANGAROO

An extraordinary book of secrets and insights... Full of details never before seen in public print... It's an often surprising, non fairy floss reminder of how Qantas has come so far in its 95 years.
Crikey on FLYING KANGAROO