For Australia, the Boston was a significant aircraft because it was the first light bomber that the RAAF could employ in the ground attack tactical role and thus carry the war to the enemy. With this aircraft, Australia could now hit back. The Bostons were loved and trusted by their Australian crews. The raids by 22 Squadron became legendary, eventually becoming know as “Boston Tea Parties”. During the Papuan and New Guinean campaign, downed Boston crews were aided by natives who guided them back through occupied territory to the safety of the Allied lines. One such hero was a paramount chief named Golpak who had helped Wing Commander (later Air Vice Marshall) Bill Townsend and Flying Officer David McClymont to safety, declaring himself to be a “frend bilong Australia tru”. So too was the Douglas A-20 Boston.
This book covers the RAAF’s Bostons in great detail, exploring camouflage and markings to a depth not seen before, squadron history, aircraft structure, development and operation. There are six pages of full colour profile drawings and six pages of colours photographs, plus scale drawings to aid the modeller.
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