BOOK REVIEW: The Man Who Saved Smithy

Australians love the story of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith, the man whose name is immortalised at Sydney airport. To many, he was simply "Smithy", a larrikin with a cheeky grin and a zest for living, famed for his 1928 crossing from California to Brisbane in his three-engined Fokker, the Southern Cross. It was an immense distance, and over water … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Man Who Saved Smithy

The CAC Wirraway and its cousins – a photo story

Way back in the middle of June, fellow blogger GP Cox of Pacific Paratrooper posted the story of Pilot Officer John Archer, 4 Squadron RAAF, who managed to shoot down a Japanese fighter - believed at the time to be a Mitsubishi ‘Zero’ -  from a Wirraway, an Australian built military trainer come general purpose aircraft. Read … Continue reading The CAC Wirraway and its cousins – a photo story