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RAAF Flying Boats at War: The Way it Was

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 200 pages
Author: J. Leach
Year: 2004
ISBN: 9781876439484
Other: b&w photos, maps, appendixes, indexes
Publisher: Australian Military History Publications

Joe Leach was a member of the Militia before the war, but when the European conflict began, he applied to join the RAAF.

Before long he was training as a Wireless Air Gunner and was soon on his way, via the Panama Canal and America, to join the air war over Britain.

After a prolonged operational tour in 10 Squadron Sunderland Flying Boats - much of it spent tracking and attacking German U-boats off the Biscay coast of France, he eventually looked to home and the Pacific War.

After converting to Catalina flying boats, Leach found himself in Morotai with the 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight, retrieving downed pilots and carrying out operations in support of the advancing allied forces.

The Catalinas were used un the Borneo campaign at Balikpapan and Labuan. At war's end, he and his crew-mates became involved in the clean-up of Japanese occupied territory.

This is a great story of an ordinary Australian, caught up in the war to defeat the fascists in Europe, while sharing the hardships of life in war-torn Britain.

List of Maps and Photographs
Abbreviations and Glossary
1. Joining Up
2. Royal Australian Air Force
3. Final Training
4. Panama and New Orleans
5. England
6. Airborne!
7. The Summer of 1943
8. End of the First Operational Tour
9. On Leave
10. Duty Signals Officer
11. Alness and Promotion
12. Back in the USA
13. Home Again
14. Life on Morotai
15. Bureaucratic Wrangles
16. Action in Borneo
17. The Invasion of Balikpapan
18. To the Victors
19. The Leach Brothers' Reunion
20. Ternate with Lady Blamey
Appendix A: Bombing the Japanese Cities
Appendix B: Documents Relating to the Sultan of Ternate
Appendix C: Gumbo Recipe
Appendix D: German U-boat U664
Index of People
Index of Units
General Index

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