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Author Trumble, Tom, author.

Title Rescue at 2100 hours : the untold story of the most daring escape of the Pacific war / Tom Trumble.

Published Melbourne, Vic. : Viking, 2013.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  940.5481469 TRUM    AVAILABLE
Physical description 332 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 23 cm
regular print
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [314]-318) and index.
Summary Timor, 1942. Twenty-nine Australian airmen are ordered to destroy an aerodrome, military documents and ciphers. They take cover in the jungle as the Japanese advance. This is the meticulously reconstructed story of their extraordinary survival in extreme conditions before being rescued in a secret mission.Flight Lieutenant Bryan Rofe, a 23-year-old meteorological officer from working-class Adelaide with no combat training or military experience, was appointed leader of the stranded party. With the aid of a 30-kilogram radio transmitter, Rofe led the party into the mountainous interior and made for the north-western coast of the island in the hope of being rescued by flying boat. So began a 58-day ordeal where the men endured and in some cases succumbed to malaria, dysentery and starvation while evading Japanese capture until, after three abortive rescue attempts, their radio picked up a strange signal sent from an American submarine, The Searaven.In 2011, Rofe's grandson Tom Trumble travelled to Timor and retraced the footsteps of the stranded airmen in the hope of tracking down the decedents of the Timorese who helped the men survive. His aim was to learn about the grandfather he never met. In the end, Tom says, 'I am inclined to believe everything my grandmother ever told me about Bryan Rofe. My grandfather was a great man.'
Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Australian.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Timor-Leste.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Japanese.
Australians -- Timor-Leste.
Timor-Leste -- History, Military.
Variant Title Rescue at twenty one hundred hours.
ISBN 9780670076239 (paperback)