Battle Order 204. A Bomber Pilot's Story by Christobel Mattingley

By Christobel Mattingley

The riveting precise tale account of a tender WW2 pilot's heroic trip, illustrated all through with interesting photos, maps and excerpts from his log books.

'Bomb doorways open!'

It was once the decision that haunted airmen's dreams.

This is the tale of a regular younger Australian whose ambition to fly took him midway around the globe in the course of global battle II - and the fateful challenge while his airplane used to be hit 3 times.

'Battle Order 204 is ready the standard of courage...Christobel Mattingley has written this booklet with compassion and perception, its presentation is gripping and moving.' Max Fatchen AM

'Brilliant...At as soon as uplifting but thought-provoking; enlightening but, of necessity, unhappy. there's a commendable stability of challenging truth and human emotion components, and that i chanced on it virtually most unlikely to place down.' Mike Garbett, writer of The Lancaster at War

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This was it! Just one foot after the other on the footholds and he was in, sitting in the rear, strapping himself in under the instructor’s watchful eye. David observed over the instructor’s shoulder as the instructor checked the controls. The mechanic swung the two-bladed propeller until the engine fired. The instructor checked the engine revs on each magneto. ‘All set. Off we go,’ he said through the speaking tube. The little Moth taxied across the grass and turned into wind. As the pilot opened the throttle it moved slowly at first, then gradually increased speed.

Checking the windsock he took the downwind leg, then the shorter cross-wind and turned into the final approach. Throttling back the engine, he lost height to bring the Moth in to land. There was a rumble as wheels and tailskid touched down. Adrenalin still pumping, he taxied back, uncomfortably aware that a Tiger Moth has no brakes. Finally the Moth came to a stop. He switched off, clambered out and took a deep breath of the bright morning air. David had completed his first solo. Over the next four weeks he made forty-five flights, totalling sixty hours, half of them solo.

19 Victory At Last! 20 ‘In hospital again. Nothing serious. ’ 21 Going Home Epilogue About the Others Writing Battle Order 204 Acknowledgements About the Poems Glossary Sources Wings Lord of land and sea and air Listen to the pilot’s prayer. Send him wind that is steady and strong, Grant that his engine sings a song Of flawless tone by which he knows It shall not fail where’er he goes - Landing, diving, in curve, half roll, Grant him Oh Lord! full control - That he may learn in heights of heaven The rapture altitude has given - That he shall know the joy they feel Who ride the realms on birds of steel.

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