COURAGE IN THE SKIES by Jim Eames

COURAGE IN THE SKIES

The untold story of Qantas, its brave men and women and their extraordinary role in World War II

Between 1942 and 1943, Qantas lost eight aircraft during Australia’s war against the Japanese. Over sixty passengers and crew died as a result. Yet Qantas’ exemplary contribution to Australia’s war effort and the courage of its people in those difficult times has been forgotten.

Courage in the Skies is the remarkable story of Qantas at war and the truly heroic deeds of its crew and ground staff as the Japanese advanced towards Australia. Flying unarmed planes through war zones and at times under enemy fire, the airline supplied the front lines, evacuated the wounded and undertook surprising escapes, including carrying more than forty anxious civilians on the last aircraft to leave besieged Singapore.

Absorbing, spirited and fast- paced, above all this is the story of an extraordinary group of Australians who confronted the dark days of World War Two with bravery, commitment and initiative. They just happened to be Qantas people.

‘In this most readable book, Jim Eames captures the experiences of a small band of brave, professional and pioneering aircrew who confronted the dangers of war, the challenges of unforgiving oceanic and tropical weather and the uncertainty of navigation in unarmed flying boats and conventional aircraft.’ – Air Chief Marshall Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d)

The author:

Jim Eames has been involved in aviation since he began work as an aviation writer in the 1960s. He has been a ministerial press secretary and aviation adviser to governments and a senior executive with Qantas. He is the author of eight books including Taking to the Skies; Daredevils – heros and hijackers, Flying stories from the Catalina to the Jumbo and The Flying Kangaroo: Great Untold Stories of Qantas…The heroic, the hilarious, and the sometimes plain strange,

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About Paul Phelan

Paul Phelan flew for over 50 years in private, charter, corporate and regional aviation, worked in senior management roles with a major regional airline, and retains his license. In parallel he has been writing for Australian and international aviation journals for well over 20 years on all aspects of aviation including aircraft evaluation, flying, industry affairs, infrastructure, manufacture, regulatory affairs, safety, technologies and training. He has won three separate National Aviation Press Club awards for “best technical aviation story of the year.”

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