Rabaul’s notorious reputation grew quickly among those tasked with bombing the region. But as Tom Spencer describes, none would experience it more closely than an intrepid New Zealand airman
Should an Allied aircraft be shot down over Europe, then baled-out aircrew had a chance to evade capture and go on the run. Most attempts ended in capture, and the odds for those who sprung themselves from German camps were equally slim.
Fewer Axis POWS sought to escape from camps in Britain, Canada, Australia or the United States, as their odds of a successful
But at least one New Zealander did not see it that way...
Living up to its rep
In September 1943, six Grumman TBF-1 Avengers arrived in New Zealand aboard the SS William Keith. These were the first of 48