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Hewitt, J.E.: The Black One
Langate, Melbourne, 1984. First Edition. Binding: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Size: 20cm x 28cm.
ISBN: 095946221x.

Air Vice Marshal Joseph Eric (Joe) Hewitt, CBE (13 April 1901 – 1 November 1985) was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). A Royal Australian Navy officer who transferred permanently to the Air Force in 1928, he commanded No. 101 (Fleet Cooperation) Flight in the early 1930s, and No. 104 (Bomber) Squadron RAF on exchange in Britain shortly before World War II. Appointed the RAAF's Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in 1941, Hewitt was posted the following year to Allied Air Forces Headquarters, South West Pacific Area, as Director of Intelligence. In 1943, he took command of No. 9 Operational Group, the RAAF's main mobile strike force, but was controversially sacked by the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice Marshal George Jones, less than a year later over alleged morale and disciplinary issues.

172 pages in type face plus another 100 or so unpaginated journal extracts and pictorials. his is an autobiography of J. E. Hewitt, whose father steeped him in classical stories of the heroes of the ages which directed his course in life, joining the RAN as a cadet midshipman, then naval aviator and subsequent service and training in RN, RAF., and RAN. This book covers the years 1901-39, with appendix 1, an authenticated account in facsimile of the sinking and salving of the German Fleet at Scapa Flow. Also includes separate supplement as a record of J.E. Hewitt's ultra intelligence mission to the UK, France and USA in 1944.

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