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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: The cover has heavy surface rubbing in places, and 2 small to medium creases. There is a inscription written largely on the inside front cover (takes up roughly half of the inside cover), and a small stain (15mm x 5mm). There is a small pen mark on the first page and the last ten pages have a very light stain in the bottom outside corner (15mm x 15mm); the rest of the pages are clean and bright. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 154 x 231 mm
Pages: 155
Publisher: Reed
Publication date: 2002

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The Whole Nine Yards
By John King

The Story of an ANZAC P-40

The Whole Nine Yards celebrates and commemorates the life of A29-448, a Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk fighter flown for several months during World War 2 in a remote tropical warzone of the south-west Pacific.

Abandoned at the side of an airstrip after a landing mishap, the aircraft lay forgotten for decades before being recovered and brought to New Zealand, with more decades passing before restoration commenced.

However, this story is not only about the aircraft's restoration. The author has traced pilots who flew it; men who have graciously provided their stories of a time that is often painful to recall.

The book is also about the history of the Kittyhawk aircraft, its beginnings, its capabilities, its foibles and its often neglected but important role as a low-level fighter-bomber.

The story of A29-448 also encompasses much of the story of 75 Squadron RAAF, an Australian fighter squadron that fought with intense patriotism and bravery in a theatre of war that was generally ignored by the press - a situation that continues to the present day.

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