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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

Paperback Published: 1st March 2005
ISBN: 9781741145298
Number Of Pages: 312

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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.



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

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ISBN: 9781741145298
ISBN-10: 1741145295
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1