Title: Allied Air Transport Operations South West Pacific Area in World War 2, Volume Two – 1943 – Year of expansion and consolidation.
Author: Kelly, Robert
Edition: 1st Edition
Publisher: Robert Kelly
Publication Date: 2006
Cover: Hard Cover without Dust Jacket (Laminated Boards) – 566 pages. Limited Edition of 500.
Comments: Volume two covers the USAAF 54th Troop Carrier Wing and its subordinate units, the RAAF transport squadrons and transport operations at Wau, Nadzab and Kaiapit.
The author compiled his books from numerous sources including original records of the RAAF and USAAF.
Book specifications, Volume Two:
• 566 pages, containing 12 maps and 117 photos
• fully indexed
• size is B5 (176x250mm or 7×10 inches)
• quality hardcover
The author & self-publisher:
Researching since 1984 and writing since 1996 author Bob Kelly has compiled and published three of a series of five volumes covering the neglected history of air transport in the SWPA in WWII.
Squadron Leader Robert ‘Bob’ Kelly AFC (RAAF Retired) was born at Waverton, Sydney in 1925 and joined the Royal Australian Air Force as an aircrew trainee in 1943.
In a long and distinguished career, Bob logged over 5600 hours as a radio operator, mostly in C-47s and Neptunes. He served extensively in Indochina and the Far East, including two tours of duty in Malaya and one in Vietnam.
After retirement from the Air Force in 1976, Bob took up military research and also became involved with aircraft restoration at the Queensland Air Museum in Caloundra.