BY CHARLES DARBY
This book is crammed full of historical information and photographs covering B-24 Liberator operations during WWII by USAAF and RAAF units based in Australia or directly supported by Australia.
The Australian operations of the US 90th and 380th Bomb Groups, the first-ever occasion on which American squadrons were assigned to the control of a foreign power in a war situation, are covered in the first part of the book. The second part covers the RAAF Liberators of 7 OTU, the six operational squadrons of 82 and 85 (Bomber) Wings, and 200 and 201 Flights. The third part evaluates the role of the Australian-supported B-24s in electronic warfare, including details of some of the earliest radar countermeasures systems, surface-search and bombing radars, and IFF equipment, and the development of a radar homing system peculiar to the war in the Pacific. Much of this work involved Section 22, a top-secret multi-national unit based in Brisbane in which some of the most capable servicemen in the Allied forces were gathered to investigate Japanese radar systems. Such was the importance accorded to this work that even a junior RAAF Flight Sergeant or a Royal New Zealand Navy Able Seaman was only three reporting steps away from Supreme Commander George Marshall in Washington – surely one of the shortest chains of command in the war. Appendices expand on matters raised in the text, and also contain the Aircraft Service Histories for all RAAF Liberators.
A fantastic resource for researchers.
Soft Cover, 291 mm x 198 mm, 224
pages, colour profiles,
numerous photographs, 9 Appendices,
$40 autographed or $45 inscribed
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