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by Damian Waters
Watson, Ferguson & Co 2003
|Beau's, Butchers & Boomerangs Mareeba
- Mareeba -
The History of a WWII Airfield 1942 - 1945
For many airfields around Australia the only whisper you get of the history of the place is the wind in the long grass. For Mareeba Airfield, also known as "Hoevet Field" to the Yanks, this problem has now been addressed.
Beau's Butchers and Boomerangs" by Damian Waters, covers the life and times of the WW2 squadrons of the RAAF and USAAC/ USAAF, based in Mareeba from the airfields construction until 1945. With many previously unpublished, excellent photographs and fascinating anecdotes from the veterans themselves, it gives a comprehensive look at an operational base that took the fight early and often to the Japanese.
And amid all the excitement and tribulations of B-17, P-39, P-38, Beauforts, Wirraways and Boomer operations, there was a price to pay in lives, by accidents and in air battles. A well researched paperback.
Review by Richard Rudd
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