Title: Adversity in Success. Extracts from Air Vice Marshal Hewitt’s Diaries 1939-1948

Author: Hewitt, J. E

Condition: Very Good – Has the usual ex library stamps. Limited edition of 3000. This copy number 2875 and signed by the author.

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1980

ISBN: 0959462201

Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 330 pages

Comments: The biography of Air Vice-Marshal Joseph Eric Hewitt, CBE (13 April 1901 – 1 November 1985).

He was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A Royal Australian Navy officer who transferred permanently to the Air Force in 1928, he commanded No. 101 (Fleet Cooperation) Flight in the early 1930s, and No. 104 (Bomber) Squadron RAF on exchange in Britain shortly before World War II. Hewitt was appointed the RAAF’s Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in 1941. The following year he was posted to Allied Air Forces Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, as Director of Intelligence. In 1943, he took command of No. 9 Operational Group, the RAAF’s main mobile strike force, but was controversially sacked by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal George Jones, less than a year later over alleged morale and disciplinary issues.