The Anzac Squadron

Norman Ashworth, softcover, 140 x 215mm, 275 pages, B+W maps and photos, Hesperian Press, 1994. $34.95 ISBN 0859051986

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The Anzac Squadron

Norman Ashworth, softcover, 140 x 215mm, 275 pages, B+W maps and photos, Hesperian Press, 1994. $34.95 ISBN 0859051986

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The Anzac Squadron is the story of No. 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, formed in Britain on Anzac Day 1942. The Sunderland flying boat squadron spent the next three years opposing Admiral Doenitz's U Boats in the Battle of the Atlantic.

The young Australian and British air crew flew their flying boats in search of the ever-elusive U Boats while the Luftwaffe JU88 fighters hunted the hunters.

From this combination came both excitement and tragedy. This is a story not only of the moments of excitement that punctuated the otherwise long monotonous patrols but also back at base where aircrew and ground staff alike had to face the rigours of wartime Britain, far from their homes and loved ones. It is a story told largely by those who took part, in their own way and in their own words.

The author, Air Commodore Norman Ashworth, enjoyed a multi-decade career with the RAAF from 1951 until 1988. This included a period in command of No. 10 Squadron which had acheived much fame as an operator of Sunderlands in the UK during WWII.

 

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