Title: Allied Air Transport Operations South West Pacific Area in World War 2, Volume Three – 1943 – Air transport approaches full strength.
Author: Kelly, Robert
Edition: 1st Edition
Publisher: Robert Kelly
Publication Date: 2008
Cover: Hard Cover without Dust Jacket (Laminated Boards) – 454 pages. Limited Edition of 500.
Comments: Volume three covers the continual build-up of air transport with the arrival of the US 375th, 403rd and 433rd Troop Carrier Groups and details the role of military chartered aircraft from Australian and US civil airlines.
The author compiled his books from numerous sources including original records of the RAAF and USAAF.
Book specifications, Volume Three:
• 454 pages, containing 16 maps and 204 photos
• fully indexed
• size is B5 (176x250mm or 7×10 inches)
• quality hardcover
Volume Four is due for release in 2010.
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.
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