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  1. Fire in the Sky

    By Michael Molkentin

    Using private letters, diaries and official records, historian Michael Molkentin reveals, for the first time in over 90 years, the remarkable story of the airmen and mechanics of the Australian Flying Corps. It is a tale of heroism and endurance; of a war fought thousands of feet above the trenches in aircraft of timber and fabric without radios, parachutes or oxygen. Fire in the Sky takes readers up into this chaotic tumult among the clouds and into the midst of a war from which only one in two

    • Published on 2010
    • 404 pages

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  2. Taking to the Skies

    By Jim Eames

    So how do you test drive a Jumbo? And why did a future civil aviation director once taxi a plane down Perth's main street to attend a ball? From the ridiculous to the downright dangerous, the story of Australian aviation is full of tales of adventure and nation building. It is also a story about tragedy and eccentric characters with wild larrikin spirits. In this surprising, fascinating and sometimes very funny collection, Jim Eames brings together the great forgotten and untold tales of Austral

    • Published on 2014
    • 352 pages

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  3. Defending the Motherland

    By Lyuba Vinogradova

    Translated from the Russian.  Drawing on original interviews with survivors, Lyuba Vinogradova weaves together their untold stories.  Her panoramic account of these women's lives follows them from society balls to unmarked graves, from landmark victories to the horrors of Stalingrad.  Battling not just fearsome Aces of the Luftwaffe but also prejudice from their own leaders, women such as Lilya Litvyak and Katya Budanova are brought to life by the diaries and recollections of those who knew them

    • Published on 2015
    • 350 pages

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  4. Life and Death in the Battle of Britain

    By Carl Warner

    This book offers an intimate account of the Battle of Britain, related by young pilots in their most unguarded moments, talking with their chaplain. Guy Mayfield was the Station Chaplain at the Royal Air Force's Duxford base in the summer of 1940, and his diary is full of stories told by the pilots in his charge during that period of heroism and danger. Mayfield's notes on his conversations deliver unique insights into the mindset of these young men as they took to the skies night after night, r

    • Published on 2018
    • 176 pages

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  5. RAAF Black Cats

    By Robert Cleworth and John Suter Linton

    The secret and dangerous operations of Australia's Pacific War Catalina crews told for the first time.

    • Published on 2019
    • 288 pages

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  6. Monash's Masterpiece

    By Peter FitzSimons

    Peter FitzSimons brings to life the story of the battle of Le Hamel - the Allied triumph masterminded by Australian commander Sir John Monash, whose strategies became the blueprint for modern warfare The Battle of Le Hamel on 4 July 1918 was an Allied triumph, and strategically very important in the closing stages of WWI. A largely Australian force, commanded by the brilliant Sir John Monash, fought what has been described as the first modern battle - where infantry, tanks, artillery and planes

    • Published on 2018
    • 384 pages

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  7. Dawn of D-DAY

    By David Howarth

    The power and the glory of the D-Day landings as recounted by the men who fought their way ashore. A tale told by a master of prose this account is among the best you'll ever read of the greatest amphibious invasion ever.  12,000 aircraft, 7,000 vessels and three-quarters of a million men committed by both sides of the flight on D-Day.

    • Published on 2008
    • 272 pages

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  8. Zero, Hurricane & P-38

    By Stewart Wilson

    The Zero, Hurricane & P-38 The Mitsubishi Zero was Japan's most feared warplane, the Hawker Hurricane was the RAFÆs first monoplane fighter, and Lockheed's P-38 Lightning was credited with shooting down more Japanese aircraft than any other American warplane. Filled with detailed highlights of each aircraft's development plus a broad overview of its operational history. Legends of the Air 4. 32 color pgs.

    • Published on 1996
    • 152 pages

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  9. DC-3 Down Under

    By Stewart Wilson

    History and colour photographs of DC-3's in Australia.

    • Published on 1989
    • 128 pages

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  10. Queensland Airfields WW2-- 50 Years on

    By Roger R. Marks

    A collection of photos, maps and drawings of over 100 historic sites prepared and generally used by the air forces as the war moved north. The text and illustrations show where they were, what they became, when they were there and how long they remained there. Includes recollections by veterans and witnesses. Includes a list of runways and their location (latitude and longitude), magnetic bearing, length, width, slopes and surface. Provides a list of abbreviations, a bibliography, index, and fol

    • Published on 1994
    • 276 pages

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  11. --from the Dawn of Aviation

    By John Stackhouse

    Copiously illustrated history of major Australian airline from its origins in Western Queensland in 1920 to its privatisation in 1995. Discusses topics such as the first international flights, the role of Qantas in WWII, and the introduction of jet aircraft. Author is a journalist and former war correspondent, who worked for Qantas from 1964-1969 and also has acted as a consultant for other airlines.

    • Published on 1995
    • 224 pages

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  12. Australia's Flying Doctors

    By Roger McDonald

    Pictorial history of the Flying Doctor, from John Flynn's initial concept to the service in the early 1990's.  Remote locations, bases, accidents, planes, people, and personal stories.  Coffee table size book.

    • Published on 1994
    • 163 pages

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  13. Outback Airman

    By Harry Purvis and Joan Priest

    Biography of Harry Purvis.  Born in Australia 1909, he met Charles Kingsford Smith and began a flying career that spanned almost 50 years and 25,000 hours as a barnstormer, member of a flying circus and Airline pilot.  During WWII he served in the RAAF rising through the ranks.  1951 with P.G. Taylor he made the first crossing of the lower Pacific to South America.

    • Published on 1979
    • 228 pages

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  14. Men of Vision

    By Glenn Stewart Cousins

    Aviation history written by the son of one of Queensland's pioneer aviators. Presents many colourful stories about the adventures of Australian pioneer aviators, including experiences during both world wars, as well as documenting the development of domestic airports. Includes references, a bibliography and an index.  Concentrates on the area of Queensland around Rockhampton and Central Queensland

    • Published on 1994
    • 370 pages

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  15. Australians in the Air

    By Greg Copley

    A survey of Australian aviation from the earliest days to 1970, featuring the people and planes, in Australia and at war

    • Published on 1976
    • 289 pages

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  16. Australian Airpower

    By Mark Grant

    Photos of military aircraft from the Great War (WWI) to WWII.  Vol 2 covers 1946 to 1996.

    • Published on 1996
    • 104 pages

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  17. World War II

    By Christopher Chant

    This book includes descriptions of all the significant military actions with details of tanks, ships, aircraft and other weapons used.  Illustrated with photographs, maps and artwork.

    • Published on 1977
    • 250 pages

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  18. The Golden Years

    By Rupert Prior

    From the dawn of aviation to the start of WWII, this book illustrates planes, pilots, passengers, terminals, publicity, fledgling airlines, military; from around the world.

    • Published on 1994
    • 143 pages

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  19. The Defeat of Distance

    By John Gunn

    Vol 1 of 3 in the history of QANTAS.  Vol 1 Defeat of Distance 1919-1939, Vol.2 Challenging Horizons 1939 - 1954, Vol 3 High Corridors 1954 - 1970. From the formation to the start of WW2, a comprehensive history with black & white photos, index, bibliography, notes & table of accidents.  A good read.

    • Published on 1985
    • 400 pages

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  20. Challenging Horizons

    By John Gunn

    The history of QANTAS - Vol 2 of 3 - Vol 1 Defeat of Distance 1919 - 1939, Vol 2 Challenging Horizons 1939 - 1954, Vol 3 High Corridors 1954 - 1970.  Includes photos, index, bibliography & notes.  A good read.

    • Published on 1987
    • 434 pages

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  21. High Corridors

    By John Gunn

    The history of QANTAS - Vol 3 of 3 - Vol 1 Defeat of Distance 1919 - 1939, Vol 2 Challenging Horizons 1939 - 1954, Vol 3 High Corridors 1954 - 1970.  Includes photos, index, bibliography & notes.  A good read.

    • Published on 1988
    • 468 pages

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  22. The Air Racers

    By Terry Gwynn-Jones

    Men & women and their machines in the various races and challenges they competed in.  Covers 19 events in detail with coloured photos

    • Published on 1983
    • 224 pages

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