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Silent Victory

By: Arthur Leebold (950/35756)
Publisher: Banner Books ISBN: 978-1-875-59311-8

After the Japanese cut Australia’s air routes to Europe in 1942, the only alternative route was from Western Australia across the Indian Ocean to Ceylon (Sir Lanka) and India. Few aircraft could make such long flights of up to 32 hours duration; there were no navigation airds; probably bad weather; possible enemy interception; little prospect of rescue if forced down in the ocean.

Qantas, with RAAF assistance, undertook this secret passenger service with Catalina flying boats from Perth.

This is the history of those flights, the longest over-water regular service in the world at that time, of the men who made it possible, and the aircraft they flew: first Catalinas, then Liberators. The history includes the service provided by post-war Lancastrians and jets to South Africa

February 2008


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