"HELLUVA PELICAN"
THE RECOVERY OF A WW2 BOMBER
FROM NEW GUINEA JUNGLE

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"Helluva Pelican" traces the complete wartime and contemporary history of the most intact WW2 aviation relic ever recovered - Douglas A-20G Havoc bomber serial of the 388th Bombardment Squadron - The Hell’N Pelican II. To reconstruct the aircraft's history in its entirety the author, who participated in its salvage, interviewed the aircraft's surviving pilot. He eventually drew on more than 160 sources including his own diary kept during the recovery. Above all, "Helluva Pelican" is classic aviation nostalgia for anyone with more than passing interest in the Pacific War and its echoes.

 

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