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Nicky Barr, An Australian Air Ace : A Story of Courage and Adventure - Peter Dornan

Nicky Barr, An Australian Air Ace

A Story of Courage and Adventure

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Nicky Barr never deliberately sought danger or adventure, but when confronted with it he had the courage to face it and survive.

In 1939, at the age of 23, Nicky Barr was chosen to represent Australia in the international rugby world tour. The day after the squad arrived in England, war was declared and the tour was cancelled. Nicky immediately signed-up to become a fighter pilot in the RAAF and while fighting Rommel's famed Afrika Korp in North Africa, quickly rose through the ranks to become a squadron leader.

In the space of twelve months, Nicky shot down over twelve enemy planes, and was himself shot down three times. The third time, he was seriously wounded, including a leg injury that was to put an end to his rugby playing days, then captured and sent to Italy as a hospitalised prisoner of war. Nicky escaped four times-including once from a moving train. On the fourth escape he successfully evaded recapture and, together with a group of special operation commandoes, took part in a series of clandestine operations behind enemy lines and helped fellow prisoners of war escape.

Nicky Barr earned a reputation amongst allies and enemies alike for his acts of bravery, his selflessness, his dogged determination and his infectious sense of humour. His is a story of adventure, war, courage and mortality, and the love for his wife that sustained him through it all.

About the Author

Peter Dornan is a Brisbane physiotherapist and is author of The Silent Men, which is currently being made into a film.

Acknowledgements..Prologue..Introduction: Beyond the call of duty..1 The Early Years..2 Khartoum..3 Landing Ground 122..4 First Victory..5 Enter the Kittyhawks..6 Senussi Adventure..7 Cairo..8 Gambut..9 Operation Venezia..10 Knightsbridge..11 Battle of the Cauldron..12 Bir Hacheim..13 Sidi Rezegh..14 Mersa Matruh..15 Tobruk..16 Bergamo..17 Lake Como..18 Gavi: The metamorphosis..19 Bergamo revisited..20 Germany bound..21 Pontremoli..22 Abruzzi..23 Goriono Valli..24 The Alpine Route..25 Cutello..26 Normandy..27 Australia..Epilogue: the years after..Australian fighter aces of World War Two..Further reading

ISBN: 9781741156737
ISBN-10: 1741156734
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1