Overview

'Bomb doors open!'

It was the call that haunted airmen's dreams.

This is the story of an ordinary young Australian whose ambition to fly took him halfway round the globe during World War II - and the fateful mission when his plane was hit three times.

'Battle Order 204 is about the quality of ...
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Battle Order 204

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Overview

'Bomb doors open!'

It was the call that haunted airmen's dreams.

This is the story of an ordinary young Australian whose ambition to fly took him halfway round the globe during World War II - and the fateful mission when his plane was hit three times.

'Battle Order 204 is about the quality of courage...Christobel Mattingley has written this book with compassion and insight, its presentation is gripping and moving.' Max Fatchen AM

'Brilliant...At once uplifting yet thought-provoking; enlightening yet, of necessity, sad. There is a commendable balance of hard fact and human emotion elements, and I found it almost impossible to put down.' Mike Garbett, author of The Lancaster at War
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"This book is about the quality of courage. It tells the story of the life and times of a young RAF pilot and how the growth of character and a sense of regard for other people contributed to the strength of purpose and mission."  —Max Fatchen, author, Songs for My Dog and Other Wry Rhymes

"A dynamic and poignant tale that is exciting to read, yet dignifies its subject."  —KLIATT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781741761733
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin Pty., Limited
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,233,661
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Christobel Mattingley is one of Australia's most respected and admired writers. The award-winning author of more than thirty-five books for children, Christobel Mattingley's readership spans more than one generation. Awards include the 1982 CBCA Junior Book of the Year Award for Rummage. Other award-winning books include Windmill at Magpie Creek; The Miracle Tree; The Angel with a Mouth Organ; No Gun for Asmir; and The Race (an Honour Book in the 1996 CBCA Picture Book of the Year awards). The Magic Saddle is widely regarded as a children's classic.

In 1990 she received an Advance Australia medal for her contribution to literature in Australia, and in 1996 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to literature, particularly children's literature, and for community service through her commitment to social and cultural issues. In 1999 she was the winner of the Pheme Tanner Award.
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Table of Contents


'Wings'   Cecil Roberts     1
Bomb Doors Open!     2
A Passion for Planes     5
Name, Rank and Number     23
D Dog     42
Slow Boat to Britain     45
Loving Life     53
Target Dortmund     66
Confronting Death     69
Airborne Again At Last     81
'High Flight'   John Magee     101
Wimpeys and Crewing Up     103
Heavies and 'Butch' Harris     117
'An Airman's Prayer'   Hugh Brodie     131
625 Squadron     133
Hit!     144
Holland, Happy Valley and France     147
Put on Parachutes!     162
J Jig     165
Erks and Armourers     173
Holland, Happy Valley and Operation Hurricane     179
Take Up Crash Positions!     186
'Three of our aircraft are missing'     189
'Bold, cautious, true and my loving comrade'     205
G George and D Dog     217
A Perfect Landing     230
A Fractured Skull and a Headless Crew     233
Outstanding Devotion to Duty     244
'It is so good to be alive!'     247
Victory At Last!     261
'In hospital again. Nothing serious. Don't worry.'     273
Going Home     283
Epilogue     287
About the Others     293
Writing Battle Order 204     300
Acknowledgements     302
About the Poems     306
Glossary     309
Sources     312
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