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Operation Pelican: The Royal Australian Air Force in the Berlin Airlift, 1948-1949
$13.00 $10.95

Author: Clark, Chris
Publisher: Air Power Development Cen
Year: 2008
ISBN: 9781920800253
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: As New
Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall
New book, 86 pages. In 1948 Britain, France and the United States of America found themselves opposed to their former wartime ally, the Soviet Union, over matter regarding control of Berlin. When the Soviets imposed a blockade on the city, the Allies had no option but to begin flying in the necessities of life for the two million inhabitants of the zones under their administration. When Britain turned for support to its Dominion partners, the transport element of the Royal Australian Air Force had recently ceased flying a regular courier service for Australian occupation forces involved in garrisoning another defeated Axis power of World War II, Japan. To the Americans the 15 month-long operation was codenamed Vittles, while the British called it Plainfare, but to the Royal Australian Air Force personnel involved, the Berlin Airlift was known as Pelican. Here the story is told od the events that made the airlift necessary, what the undertaking entailed and the part that Australians played in it, as well as the outcome and achievements of Operation Pelican.

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