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Whispering Death (M Johnston)


Mark Johnston explains vividly how more than 130,000 Australian airmen fought Japan from the Pacific War's first hours in 1941 to its last in 1945. Fighting over a vast area they faced the dangers of boundless oceans, wild weather, and a formidable enemy. Initially too numerous, experienced and well-armed for the few Australians who opposed them, the Japanese Air Force dominated and in February 1942 the bombing of Darwin went uncontested.

Gradually as the balance turned in favour of the RAAF and its Allies certain Australian aircraft began to catch the public imagination, among them was the Beaufighter, known as 'Whispering Death' for its eviscerating firepower and deceptively quiet engines.

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