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Raaf Black Cats: The Secret History of the Covert Catalina Mine-Laying Operations to Cripple Japan's War Machine

Raaf Black Cats: The Secret History of the Covert Catalina Mine-Laying Operations to Cripple Japan's War Machine

RAAF Black Cats chronicles a little-known, yet crucial and courageous chapter in Australia's war history. While this story involved Australia and the United States, very few people on either side of the Pacific know of the significance the RAAF Catalina Squadrons had on the outco... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781760633066
Barcode 9781760633066
Published 3 September 2019 by Allen & Unwin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Cleworth, Robert
By Linton, John Suter
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ISBN-13 9781760633066
ISBN-10 1760633062
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Allen & Unwin
Publication Date 3 September 2019
International Release Date 1 June 2020
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Cleworth, Robert
By Linton, John Suter
Category World History: Second World War
Australasian & Pacific History
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
War & Defence Operations
Battles & Campaigns
Australian
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 420g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.544994
Catalogue Code 1001195

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RAAF Black Cats chronicles a little-known, yet crucial and courageous chapter in Australia's war history. While this story involved Australia and the United States, very few people on either side of the Pacific know of the significance the RAAF Catalina Squadrons had on the outcome of the war against Japan, and General Douglas MacArthur's triumphant 'return' to the Philippines. Between 22 April 1943 and 1 July 1945, the crews of the RAAF's PBY Flying Boat (Catalina) squadrons in coalition with the US 7th Fleet conducted top-secret covert mine-laying missions in the South Pacific to disrupt Japanese naval supply and military operations. General Douglas MacArthur, particularly, believed mine-laying would be an effective weapon to stop the Japanese from supplying their forces, feeding their war-machine and, therefore, softening the enemy for US Army and Marine landings. He was proved right. This is the powerful story of the brave Australian crews who flew some of the most dangerous missions of the Pacific War.

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Author's Bio

Robert (Bob) Cleworth MPhil has compiled five books, one on Australian War Graves and Missing Australians, in addition to three publications on the work of RAAF Catalina Operations in World War II. He was, for a number of years, Secretary of the Catalina Association of New South Wales. John Suter Linton has worked extensively in the print and electronic media as a journalist, feature writer, researcher, scriptwriter, editor and producer. He is also the author of six true-crime novels.

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