By Christobel Mattingley
The riveting real tale account of a tender WW2 pilot's heroic trip, illustrated all through with attention-grabbing images, maps and excerpts from his log books.
'Bomb doorways open!'
It was once the decision that haunted airmen's dreams.
This is the tale of a standard younger Australian whose ambition to fly took him midway around the globe in the course of international conflict II - and the fateful venture whilst his airplane was once hit 3 times.
'Battle Order 204 is ready the standard of courage...Christobel Mattingley has written this e-book 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 parts, and that i stumbled on it virtually most unlikely to place down.' Mike Garbett, writer of The Lancaster at War
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Said his parents, very firmly. In those Depression years, times were tough for his father, a dentist whose patients could not always pay their bills. And because David was their youngest son, his mother always worried about him. He had to content himself with inspecting the amazing machine on the ground and questioning his aunt over and over about every detail of the flight. David cut photos of the historic event out of the paper. Then over the next months he saved the tuppence his uncle gave him each week for a pie from the tuckshop, until he had enough money to buy a big scrapbook, into which he carefully pasted all the cuttings.
But it gave them plenty of opportunities to enjoy renowned Kiwi hospitality and to explore. Eager to experience Maori culture, arriving at Waitara, a traditional village and ancient pa, on the occasion of a great gathering, David was moved that the Australians were welcomed as guests of honour, greeted in the languages of the elders. During their last week in New Zealand, David felt unwell, but he did not report sick for fear of being offloaded. When Umgeni finally sailed, the ship’s doctor diagnosed jaundice and David was confined to bed on a diet of boiled fish, bread and jam and black coffee for ten days.
Nothing serious. ’ 21 Going Home Epilogue About the Others Writing Battle Order 204 Acknowledgements About the Poems Glossary Sources Wings Lord of land and sea and air Listen to the pilot’s prayer. Send him wind that is steady and strong, Grant that his engine sings a song Of flawless tone by which he knows It shall not fail where’er he goes - Landing, diving, in curve, half roll, Grant him Oh Lord! full control - That he may learn in heights of heaven The rapture altitude has given - That he shall know the joy they feel Who ride the realms on birds of steel.