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The Resource The Missing Man

The Missing Man

Label
The Missing Man
Title
The Missing Man
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Peter Rees
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missing man
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from the outback to Tarakan, the remarkable story of Len Waters, the RAAFs only WWII Aboriginal fighter pilot
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Language
eng
Summary
Len Waters was a Kamilaroi man. Born on an Aboriginal reserve, he left school at thirteen and by twenty was piloting a RAAF Kittyhawk fighter with 78 Squadron in the lethal skies over the Pacific in World War II. It was serious and dangerous work and his achievement was extraordinary. These would be the best years of his life. Respected by his peers, he was living his dream.The war over, it should have been easy. He believed he could 'live on both sides of the fence' and be part of Australia's emerging commercial airline industry. He had, after all, broken through the 'black ceiling' once before. Above all, he just wanted to fly. Instead, he became a missing man in Australia's wartime flying history.Peter Rees rights that wrong in this powerful, compelling and at times tragic examination of Len Water's life. He also tells us something of ourselves that we need to hear
Summary
Len Waters was the first and only Aboriginal to serve as a fighter pilot during World War II. Although Australia had officially barred or restricted the recruitment of Aborigines in earlier periods (out of fear that they might side with the enemy), these impediments were significantly relaxed after Japan entered World War II, and Australia came under direct attack for the first time. Although he had not completed his schooling, Len volunteered for service in the RAAF and was accepted. When he was posted to New Guinea as a pilot, the Kittyhawk he was allocated had by chance been nicknamed by its previous pilot 'Black Magic' and those words were painted on its nose. Len found the name of his plane an amusing coincidence and chose to retain it. He flew 95 sorties in it. After the war, Len attempted to join the burgeoning Australian commercial airline industry without luck. He never flew a plane again. He wrote later that, having taken off his uniform, he simply 'returned to being a blackfellow'. What happened to him afterwards is simply heartbreaking.
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Biography type
individual biography
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10665600
Cataloging source
SALS
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1948-
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Rees, Peter
Dewey number
355.4
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Biography
  • History
Target audience
adult
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from the outback to Tarakan, the remarkable story of Len Waters, the RAAF's only WWII Aboriginal fighter pilot
Label
The Missing Man
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BORROWBOX:AAU_512577
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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True
Isbn
9781760636425
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optical disk
Label
The Missing Man
Control code
BORROWBOX:AAU_512577
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781760636425
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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