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Author Mattingley, Christobel.

Title Battle order 204 : a bomber pilot's story / Christobel Mattingley.

Published Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, [2007]
©2007

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 UniM Store QA  18851    AVAILABLE
Physical description 314 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, map, portraits ; 20 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographic references (pages 312-314)
Contents 'Wings' / Cecil Roberts 1 -- Battle Order 204 (1) Bomb Doors Open! 2 -- 1 A Passion for Planes 5 -- 2 Name, Rank and Number 23 -- Battle Order 204 (2) D Dog 42 -- 3 Slow Boat to Britain 45 -- 4 Loving Life 53 -- Battle Order 204 (3) Target Dortmund 66 -- 5 Confronting Death 69 -- 6 Airborne Again At Last 81 -- 'High Flight' / John Magee 101 -- 7 Wimpeys and Crewing Up 103 -- 8 Heavies and 'Butch' Harris 117 -- 'An Airman's Prayer' / Hugh Brodie 131 -- 9 625 Squadron 133 -- Battle Order 204 (4) Hit! 144 -- 10 Holland, Happy Valley and France 147 -- Battle Order 204 (5) Put on Parachutes! 162 -- 11 J Jig 165 -- 12 Erks and Armourers 173 -- 13 Holland, Happy Valley and Operation Hurricane 179 -- Battle Order 204 (6) Take Up Crash Positions! 186 -- 14 'Three of our aircraft are missing' 189 -- 15 'Bold, cautious, true and my loving comrade' 205 -- 16 G George and D Dog 217 -- Battle Order 204 (7) A Perfect Landing 230 -- 17 A Fractured Skull and a Headless Crew 233 -- Battle Order 204 (8) Outstanding Devotion to Duty 244 -- 18 'It is so good to be alive!' 247 -- 19 Victory At Last! 261 -- 20 'In hospital again. Nothing serious. Don't worry.' 273 -- 21 Going Home 283 -- About the Others 293 -- Writing Battle Order 204 300.
Summary David's boyhood dreams of flying led him to England for months of training to be a bomber pilot in World War II at age 19, but his final flight was a nightmare. Seconds after the bombs were released, David was wounded in five places and his fellow pilot Dog was hit.&Flying metal slashed his right knee, thigh, and shoulder; the tendons and artery in his right hand were severed; and&shrapnel ripped through his thick leather helmet, fracturing his skull as his aircraft went into a dive. This riveting true story takes young people through the events of a young WWII pilot's heroic journey and his courage and endurance in the face of terrifying conditions.
Subject Mattingley, David.
Australia. Royal Australian Air Force -- Airmen -- Biography.
Australia. Royal Australian Air Force -- History -- World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany -- Aerial operations, Australian.
ISBN 9781741751611 : $16.95