Finished With Engines
by Colin Lock
Qantas longhaul flight engineers 1941 – 2009
When Qantas’ last Boeing 747-338 VH-EBV departed Sydney on 20 January 2009 a 67-year association between Qantas and flight engineers departed with it. This book recalls the story of that sometimes difficult association and gives details of all the men who proudly wore the purple and gold epaulettes in those years.
Although primarily concerned with the rise and demise of the flight engineer’s position within Qantas, a substantial amount of Qantas history is covered in the book. Also included are short biographies on each of the 500 flight engineers who flew with Qantas.
The book has 360 A4 pages with 60 mainly B&W images, and includes an index.
To order a copy, contact the author via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or write to ‘Book’ PO Box 1, Cronulla, NSW, 2230. The book retails for A$25 plus P&H.
by Kristen Alexander
Australian pilots in the Battle of Britain
“Australian Eagles” tells the stories of five Australian pilots and one adopted Australian who successfully defended Britain against the Luftwaffe onslaught. They rank among the nearly 3,000 men known as The Few. Heroes all who faced death daily;
Jack Kennedy of Sydney (Spitfire and Hurricane pilot of 238 Squadron)
Dick Glyde of Perth (Hurricane pilot of 87 Squadron)
Tasmanian Stuart Walch (Hurricane pilot of 238 Squadron)
Des Sheen of Canberra (Spitfire pilot of 72 Squadron)
John Crossman of Newcastle (Hurricane pilot of 46 Squadron), and
English-born James Coward who retired to Canberra (Spitfire pilot of 19 Squadron)
Three of the Australian Eagles were trained by the RAAF at Point Cook. One escaped death three times, one lost his leg, and four died.
Kristen Alexander vividly describes their training, combat and victories. She sensitively explores the impact of their achievements and loss on those who loved them. She also covers how they are remembered, more than 70 years after their great aerial battles.
Click here to go to Kristen’s website for details about how to order.