By Marianne van Velzen
Bomber Boys is the intense and little recognized tale of greater than a hundred Dutch airmen, stranded in Australia without state to come back to, who have been joined by way of a contingent of Australians to make up the RAAF's No. 18 (Netherlands East Indies) Squadron. shaped in Canberra in April 1942, the squadron flew operational coastal patrols ahead of ultimately being relocated to the key MacDonald Airfield, north of Pine Creek within the Northern Territory, and finally Batchelor, close to Darwin.
This is, in spite of the fact that, greater than a narrative concerning the 900 bombing raids, reconnaissance missions and assaults on eastern delivery that the squadron flew in its 3 years of life less than Australian keep watch over. At its middle, is a robust and compelling tale of a gaggle of very diverse males, thrown jointly for a typical goal, and the unusual and infrequently tough friendships they formed.
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