'His courage, determination, skill and his undoubtedly outstanding ability as a leader are an inspiration to his Wing and worthy of the highest praise'.
Clive Caldwell was officially attributed with 271/2 victories and became Australia's highest scoring fighter pilot in World War II. In addition, he became an ave in both the Middle East and Pacific theatres - the only Australian pilot to attain this status.
Kristen Alexaqnder had had unrivalled access to Caldwell's personal papers as well as official and privately held records. She vividly brings to life Caldwell's aerial exploits and presents a man driven to carry out his duty. Originally considered an individualist, Caldwell became a fine fighter pilot and a dedicated leader, much loved by those he commanded. But he did not wear the restrictions of the RAAF well and, despite his achievements, endured public inquiry over liquor-trading and the so-called 'Morotai Mutiny'. Even so, he continued to be well-regarded and respected by the public.
This biography is a celebration of Caldwell's military achievements. It details his rise from a green fighter pilot to Wing leader and includes striking details of his air battles. It also includes unprecedeented discussion of the Barry Inquiry and Caldwell's court-martial.
1. The Budding Fighter Pilot
2. Shadow Shooting
3. Sweeps and Convoys
4. Operation 'Crusader'
5. Shark Squadron
7. Darwin Defence
8. The Day the Planes 'All Fell into the Sea'
9. Australia's Highest Scoring Fightrer Ace
10. Fighter Pilot, Manque
12. The Barry inquiry
13. Court-martial and Beyond
Appendix A. Highlights of Caldwell's flying career
Appendix B. Air Board Order 'N' 548 of 1944
Appendix C. Group Captain Caldwell's Request of 9 April 1945 for Remination of Mission
Appendix D. Particulars supplied by Group Captain Caldwell of his allegations oin 13 April 1945
Appendix E. Terms of Reference under Air Force Regulations for the Barry Inquiry
Appendix F. Charge Sheet - 24 December 1945
Appendix G. Award citations
Appendix H. Aircraft flown by or encountered by Caldwell during his flying career