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Zach McAlister’s mother is sick and due to go into hospital for an operation. To “get him out the way” his father puts him on a flight to Merimbula, New South Wales, Australia where he is met by his Grandfather Danny McAlister. Out on his Grandfather’s ranch, or what’s left of it, it didn’t take Zach long to become bored silly. Hunting around for things to do, he finds a box of old photos and a strip of six medals hidden away. The photos were mostly dog-eared and ragged at the edges. Mostly they were of young blokes hanging around tanks and military stuff, and there were lots of choppers. You know, those beat up ones you see in all the war movies. When he looked closer he realised that most of the guys in the photos didn’t look much older than Zach himself! And then there were the letters from a woman named Angela. He takes the box to his Grandfather and asks him about the medals and the photos, and that’s where our story starts, well kind off. KEYWORDS/TAGS: McAlister’s Way, action, adventure, Zach, Danny, military, helicopters, choppers, soldiers, airmen, boarding school, priests, child abuse, attack, New South Wales, Australia, Sydney, Merimbula, plane, flight, fly, Young Adult, YA, explore, discover, New Guinea, CMF, enlist, Kodoka Track, MIA, Missing In Action, Japanese surrender, WWII, war, WW2, Tropic of Capricorn, Rockhampton,

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McAlister’s Way

Weekly Serialisation Vol. 1

McAlister’s Way

Copyright © 2012 Richard Marman

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any

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Published in England

by

Abela Publishing

Sandhurst, Berkshire, England

Email: Author@RichardMarman.com

Website: www.RichardMarman.com

ISBN 13: 978-X-XXXXXX-XX-X

First Edition, 2012

Serialisation 2018

Acknowledgments

I’d like to especially thank my wife Judy and my daughter Sally for their help in following the progress of this manuscript. Thanks to Sheila Yong and Wendy Kleine for their feedback and initial proof reading and Judy Bandidt for the final, goal-keeping edit. Also thank you to Lauren Young for allowing me to use her charming image on the cover. Thank you to Wing Commander Mark ‘Cowboy’ Willcocks for vetting my Tok Pisin and Wing Commander John ‘Trackless’ Millsom for Buick motor car technical support. Finally cheers to John Halsted for being so enthusiastic about this story.

Dedication

This book is dedicated

to my wife Judy

and my daughters

Sally and Elizabeth

Glossary

AIF

Australian Imperial Force

ANA

Australian National Airways

ASI

airspeed indicator

AH

artificial horizon (aircraft’s attitude gauge)

ATC

air traffic control

AVGAS

aviation gasoline (piston-engine plane fuel)

AWA

Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia)

AWOL

absent without leave

AWU

Australian Workers’ Union

CMF

Citizens Military Force known as The Militia and incorporated into the AIF during WWII

CO

commanding officer

C-of-G

centre of gravity

CSR

Colonial Sugar Refining Company Ltd

DCA

Department of Civil Aviation

GBH

grievous bodily harm

GP

general purpose or general practitioner

HF

high frequency (radio transmitter-receiver)

ICU

intensive care unit

KP

kitchen patrol (military punishment duties)

Knots (Kts)

nautical miles per hour

Max Revs

maximum revolutions (full throttle)

MP

Military Police (red caps)

NCO

non-commissioned officer (corporals, sergeants and warrant officers)

NDB

Non-directional (radio) beacon

OR

Operating Room (theatre)

POWs

prisoners of war

P. W. & I.

prisoner of war and internment (camp)

RAAF

Royal Australian Air Force

R & R

rest and recreation (leave)

RANVR

Royal Australian Naval Volunteer Reserve

RAR

Royal Australian Regiment

RSL

Returned Servicemen’s League

Short Ton

2000 lb (pounds) or 907 kilograms – a weight used mostly in America

TAA

Trans Australian Airlines

VHF

very high frequency (radio transmitter-receiver)

VSI

vertical speed indicator

Sliders

small hamburgers

XXXX bitter

Queensland lager-style beer

Contents

Prologue - Grandpa Danny

Part One - Far North Queensland 1950

Chapter 1 Capture

Chapter 2 Breakout

Chapter 3 Northern Rattler

Chapter 4 Lenny, Noemi & Gladys

Chapter 5 Lady Burdekin

Chapter 6 Cobar’s War

Chapter 7 Gooney Bird Trail

Chapter 8 Cyclone Season

Part Two – Beyond the Coral Sea

Chapter 9 Castaway

Chapter 10 Shark Spirit

Chapter11 Angela

Chapter 12 Cannibal Run

Chapter 13 Trouble in Paradise

Chapter 14 Showground Showdown

Chapter 15 Monty’s Blues

Chapter 16 Pariah Island

Chapter 17 Tremor

Part Three – Archipelago Incident

Chapter 18 Return to Death Island

Chapter 19 Banzai!

Chapter 20 Frenchy and the Filipinos

Chapter 21 Desperate Dan

Chapter 22 Miss Attitude

Chapter 23 Battle Plan

Chapter 24 Night Stalkers

Chapter 25 Dragon’s Lair

Epilogue

Merimbula, Southern New South Wales

Prologue – Grandpa Danny

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