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Killer Caldwell: Greatest Fighter Pilot


 
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 320 pages
Author: J. Watson
Year: 2005
Other Data: b&w photos, appendix, index
ISBN: 9780733619298

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Clive 'Killer' Caldwell was a natural and brilliant pilot, a superb shot, and born leader. He saw action against the Germans, Italians and Japanese, and remains Australia's greatest ever fighter pilot.

Born and brought up in Sydney, it was obvious from an early age that nothing would stand in Caldwell's way. He bluffed his way into the RAAF, and then made sure that he was posted to exactly where he thought he should be.

His ability was unquestioned by all those around him, and he devised the vital 'shadow shooting' technique which contributed so much to Allies success in the air in the north African campaign, and in northern Australia. But he was never afraid of voicing his opinions to all those above and below him, be it about the training of pilots, or the equipping of Spitfires for use against the Japanese - and for trying to run the show his way ...

Caldwell ended his military career in the Morotai Mutiny in 1945, where he and a number of other Australian pilots tried to resign their commission in protest at not being allowed by General MacArthur - and the RAAF - to take part in the main action. And then he was embroiled in the Barry inquiry into booze smuggling by his and other pilots ...

'Killer Caldwell' is a colourful portrait of a colourful Australian.

Contents:
Author's Note
Introduction
The Ace
Shooting the Clock
Planes for Pig Iron
A Born Leader and a First Class Shot
The Western Desert
A Sharp Axe: The Tomahawk
Shooting Shadows
The Stuka Party
Which Idiot Let Himself be Shot Down?
The Star of Africa
Taking the Long Way Home
New Command
Darwin
A Severe Reverse
Serious Problems ...
Evening the Score
'Marshmallow' Jones
Raids Decline
Mildura
A Good Sharpshooter
A Dry Argument
Running on Empty
The Barry Commission
The Heresy Hunt
Back to Business
Drawing the Blinds
Appendix
Acknowledgements
Index


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