Battle Order 204: A Bomber Pilot's Story

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Allen & Unwin, 1 apr 2007 - 324 pagine
'Bomb doors open!'

It was the call that haunted airmen's dreams.

This is the story of an ordinary young Australian whose ambition to fly took him halfway round the globe during World War II - and the fateful mission when his plane was hit three times.

'Battle Order 204 is about the quality of courage...Christobel Mattingley has written this book with compassion and insight, its presentation is gripping and moving.' Max Fatchen AM

'Brilliant...At once uplifting yet thought-provoking; enlightening yet, of necessity, sad. There is a commendable balance of hard fact and human emotion elements, and I found it almost impossible to put down.' Mike Garbett, author of The Lancaster at War
 

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I have read many memoirs of men who flew in bombers over Europe & Japan but this is the first I have read about an Australian flier and this one was a pilot. Perhaps most interestingly, it was written ... Leggi recensione completa

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Wings by Cecil Roberts
1
Battle Order 204 1 Bomb Doors Open
2
Battle Order 204 2 D Dog
42
Battle Order 204 3 Target Dortmund
66
Battle Order 204 4 Hit
144
Battle Order 204 5 Put on the Parachutes
162
Battle Order 204 6 Take Up Crash Positions
186
Battle Order 204 7 A Perfect Landing
230
Epilogue
287
About the Others
293
a Love Story NOT a Grocery List
300
Acknowledgements
302
About the Poems
306
Glossary
309
Sources
312
Copyright

Battle Order 204 8 Outstanding Devotion to Duty
244

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Informazioni sull'autore (2007)

Christobel Mattingley is one of Australia's most respected and admired writers. The award-winning author of more than thirty-five books for children, Christobel Mattingley's readership spans more than one generation. Awards include the 1982 CBCA Junior Book of the Year Award for Rummage. Other award-winning books include Windmill at Magpie Creek; The Miracle Tree; The Angel with a Mouth Organ; No Gun for Asmir; and The Race (an Honour Book in the 1996 CBCA Picture Book of the Year awards). The Magic Saddle is widely regarded as a children's classic.

In 1990 she received an Advance Australia medal for her contribution to literature in Australia, and in 1996 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature, particularly children's literature, and for community service through her commitment to social and cultural issues. In 1999 she was the winner of the Pheme Tanner Award.

In 2014, Christobel Mattingley was honoured with the University of Tasmania Distinguished Alumni Award.

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