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The extraordinary adventures of a group of airmen who escaped the Japanese and became the RAAF's celebrated 18th Squadron. Marianne van Velzen is a Dutch journalist who lived in Australia for many years.

She has a life-long interest in the country.

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An Australian military dispatch rider and a Dutch air force transport pilot embark on a frightening escape from the advancing Japanese that takes them from Bandung to a crash landing just north of Darwin.

Both would later join a unique band of flyers determined to strike back at the enemy. Bomber Boys is the extraordinary and little known story of Table for 6 dating canberra bomber than Dutch airmen, stranded in Australia with no country to return to, who were joined by a contingent of Australians to make up the RAAF's No. Formed in Canberra in Aprilthe squadron flew operational coastal patrols before eventually being relocated to the secret MacDonald Airfield, north of Pine Creek in the Northern Territory, and eventually Batchelor, near Darwin.

This is, however, more than a story about the bombing raids, reconnaissance missions and attacks on Japanese shipping that the squadron flew in its three years of existence under Australian control.

At its heart, is a powerful and compelling story of a group of very different men, thrown together for a common purpose, and the strange and sometimes difficult friendships they formed. More books by this author.

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