Title: Jack Davenport – Beaufighter Leader
Author: Alexander, Kristen
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2009
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 335 pages
Comments: Revealing biography of an Australian airforce hero of the Second World War who displayed great courage and integrity – both under fire and in civilian life.
‘We all need heroes to look up to and to emulate.’ – Sir Arvi Parbo AC
Blending sound research with enlightening anecdotes, Jack Davenport, Beaufighter Leader charts Jack’s development from his Depression childhood, to the green pilot who had difficulties locating the target on his first Bomber Command operations, through to the superb pilot who led successful strikes against German shipping and the cool and resourceful planner of Coastal Command operations in the latter months of the war.
Jack Davenport, Beaufighter Leader recounts the life of an Australian hero. Jack saved the lives of his crew from a near-fatal spin and rescued a pilot from a blazing aircraft; he flew close to well-armed enemy vessels to drop his torpedoes; and led large formations in the narrow confines of the Norwegian fjords to successfully attack enemy shipping. But there is more to heroism than just courage and brave deeds; Jack’s career also encompassed the heroism of conviction, duty, responsibility and dedication to service.