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Jack Davenport, Beaufighter Leader charts Jack's development from his Depression childhood, to the green pilot who had difficulties finding his first bombing targets, through to the superb pilot who led successful strikes against German shipping and the cool and resourceful planner of Coastal Command operations in the latter months of the war.
Jack Davenport was a hero: he saved the lives of his crew from a near-fatal spin and rescued a pilot from a blazing aircraft; he dodged flak and searchlights during bombing raids to Germany; he flew close to well-armed enemy vessels to drop his torpedoes; and led large formations in the narrow confines of the Norwegian fjords to successfully attack enemy shipping. But there is more to heroism than just courage and brave deeds; Jack's career also encompassed the heroism of conviction, duty, responsibility and dedication to service. These qualities carried through to his post war career and were recognised by the AO and AC for service to the community and industry.
Kristen Alexander's first book, Clive Caldwell, Air Ace, has been hailed as a thoroughly researched, well written and insightful account that will stand the test of time as the definitive Caldwell biography.' (Wartime). With Jack Davenport, Beaufighter Leader she presents the life of another courageous and inspiring Australian WWII pilot.
336 pages; ISBN 9781741766431
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