This is the extraordinary and little known story of Qantas' significant role during World War II, particularly in its campaigns against the Japanese.
Between 1942 and 1943, Qantas lost eight aircraft during its involvement in Australia's war against the Japanese. Over sixty passengers and crew died as a result. Yet Qantas' exemplary contribution to Australia's war effort and the courage of its people in those difficult times has been forgotten.
Courage in the Skies is the remarkable story of Qantas at war and the truly heroic deeds of its crew and ground staff as the Japanese advanced towards Australia. Flying unarmed planes through war zones and at times under enemy fire, the airline supplied the front lines, evacuated the wounded and undertook surprising escapes, including carrying more than forty anxious civilians on the last aircraft to leave besieged Singapore.
Absorbing, spirited and fast-paced, above all 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.
'In this most readable book, Jim Eames captures the experiences of a small band of brave, professional and pioneering aircrew who confronted the dangers of war, the challenges of unforgiving oceanic and tropical weather and the uncertainty of navigation in unarmed flying boats and conventional aircraft.' - Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret'd)
About the Author
Jim Eames has been involved in aviation since he began work as an aviation writer in the 1960s. He has been a ministerial press secretary and aviation adviser to governments and a senior executive with Qantas. He is the author of eight books including Taking to the Skies: Daredevils, heroes and hijackers, Australian flying stories from the Catalina to the Jumbo and The Flying Kangaroo: Great untold stories of Qantas…the heroic, the hilarious and the sometimes plain strange.
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 *
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 22nd November 2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.57