44 Days

Genre: History

44 Days75 Squadron and the Fight for Australia

Performed by:
Michael Veitch

The epic World War II story of Australia’s 75 squadron—and the 44 days when these brave and barely-trained pilots fought alone against the Japanese.In March and April 1942, RAAF 75 Squadron bravely defended Port Moresby for 44 days when Australia truly stood alone against the Japanese. This group of raw young recruits scrambled ceaselessly in their Kittyhawk fighters to an extraordinary and heroic battle, the story of which has been left largely untold. The recruits had almost nothing going for them against the Japanese war machine, except for one extraordinary leader named John Jackson, a balding, tubby Queenslander—at 35 possibly the oldest fighter pilot in the world—who said little, led from the front, and who had absolutely no sense of physical fearTime and time again this brave group were hurled into battle, against all odds and logic, and succeeded in mauling a far superior enemy—whilst also fighting against the air force hierarchy. After relentless attack, the squadron was almost wiped out by the time relief came, having succeeded in their mission—but also paying a terrible price.Michael Veitch, actor, presenter, and critically acclaimed author, brings to life the incredible exploits and tragic sacrifices of this courageous squadron of Australian heroes.

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Run time: 8 hours
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Author
Michael Veitch

Biography:
Michael Veitch is a multi-talented writer, performer and presenter. He has an academic background in history but made his name as part of the ABC’s cult hit The D Generation, followed by Fast Forward, Full Frontal and more. He is a regular guest presenter and interviewer on ABC morning radio and is the face of ABC television’s national weekly arts program, Sunday Arts.
Narrator
Michael Veitch

Biography:
Michael Veitch is a multi-talented writer, performer and presenter. He has an academic background in history but made his name as part of the ABC’s cult hit The D Generation, followed by Fast Forward, Full Frontal and more. He is a regular guest presenter and interviewer on ABC morning radio and is the face of ABC television’s national weekly arts program, Sunday Arts.

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