Australian Defence Force Journal

Reviewed by Fligt Lieutenant (Retd) H.S. Brennan RFD JP

My first impressions of this book were that, here was a very attractive publication presented very intelligently by the colour scheme of the outer cover of mid-blue with black lettering and carrting a replica of a painting done by Tony Corbett and representing RAAF Hampdens patrolling the Arctic Ocean which refers to the crux of the story written by the author in collaboration with many other older people and RAAF records of the period of occupation by the then 455 Squadron RAAF when attached to the Russian Air Force during the period of the 1939-45 War.

The reader is taken virtually step by step from the formation of 455 Squadron at RAAF Williamtown in 1941, through training and operational service to the return of the rear (afterparty?) party......................................making the book a must for everyone interested in detailed wartime experiences.


Wing Commander Jack Napier Davenport AC, DSO, DFC, GM, MID

OC 455 Squadron RAAF

"The first page of Geoff Raebel's story is just what may well have been.”


South Western Times Bunbury WA

“The book describes how and why Australia joined WW2 and how Russia became involved and we ended up on the same side!”


Dr Ron Houghton DFC, PhD

“I particularly enjoyed your writing style and prose, a job well done”


Dereck S Couzens Editor Handley Page Association Newsletter

“I felt ‘part of the scene’ ..It is truly a book to be proud of”


RSL NEWS Queensland

“This book tells, through its graphic detail and photographs and illustrations what life was like at a primitive field just inside the (Eastern) Front”


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