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Crew : The story of the men who flew RAAF Lancaster J for Jig - Mike Colman


The story of the men who flew RAAF Lancaster J for Jig

Paperback Published: 21st February 2018
ISBN: 9781742379111
Number Of Pages: 336

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On the evening of 24 February 1944, RAAF Lancaster bomber J for Jig took off from an airfield in Lincolnshire. On board was a crew of seven young men-five Australians, two Scots-whose mission was to bomb factories in Schweinfurt, Germany. But J for Jig never reached its target. It was shot down in the night skies over France.

This book is about the seven lives on that aircraft-who they were, what they did, whom they loved, and whom they left behind. Some were to die that night, and others were to survive, withstanding incredible hardships and adventures as prisoners and evaders in a war that was far from over.

Crew brilliantly recreates J for Jig's final mission but, more than that, in telling seven individuals' stories Mike Colman has captured the achievements, loss and the enduring legacy of the generation that fought in the Second World War.

About the Author

Mike Colman is a highly respected journalist on the Courier Mail and Sunday Mail. He lives in Brisbane.




I heard the book review with the author on ABC radio, went on line & purchased immediately. I enjoy reading factual history. The history of the aircrew before during and after the war, who survived, who didn't and family trips back to Europe post WW2 over many years to visit participants in the story.

Hervey Bay Qld


Very close to home


Parallels my father's experience so fascinating for me. Recommended by French son-in-law which demonstrates universal appeal.

Brisbane Australia




So sad that such young men had to endure terrible things in war. This book was so interesting I didn't want it to end. Teenagers that had to rely on each other in an era that it's hard to imagine. The villagers are still grateful to our Aussie young men and are amazed they wanted to go to a another country to fight a fight so far away. This story directly touched my extended family for generations.

Mulgrave. Australia



4.7 3


ISBN: 9781742379111
ISBN-10: 1742379117
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 21st February 2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.47