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Robert K. Piper
Australian & New Guinea Aviation Author

Click For EnlargementResearcher and author of many articles, and several books on WWII Pacific topics. Also, been involved with aircraft crash sites and memorials. He writes for Australian newspapers and Flightpath Magazine.

The Hidden Chapters
Great Air Escapes

(Partial list)
Number One Strip Milne Bay Air Niugini Magazine

A Song For Sister Sheah [ Article about C-47 A65-54 with nurse Shean aboard]

The Day A Cat's Luck Gave Out [Article about Catalina A24-9]

Zero In The Tree Tops [ Article about A6M2 Zero piloted by Ito]

"The Forgotten Prisoner" The Australasian Post (12 September 1985) p.12-13.

"Abandoned Japanese Bombers: Papua 1942" Sabretache: The Journal of the Military Historical Society of Australia (Jan-Mar 1983) p.13

"Epitaph for a Darwin Raider" The Canberra Times (12 February 1983) p.13.
"Townsville Under Attack" monograph (1985) RAAF Townsville Base Museum

"Invaded!: Astonishing story of Japanese landings in Australia" RAAF News (Jan-Feb. 1985) 2 pages    

"The Forgotten Prisoner" The Australasian Post (12 September 1985) p.12-13

"Dive-bomber 'blows-ins'" The Australasian Post (2 January 1986). [Deba Vals on beach]

"The Duel" Sabretache: The Journal of the Military Historical Society of Australia vol. 27 no. 3 (1986) p. 25-28.  Petty Officer Kawato flew in what is believed to be one of the last Zero fighter actions in the South West Pacific during World War II.

"Forgotten Air Raids" Canberra Times, Saturday 3 October 1987 [attacks on Horn Island]
"Horn Island Air Raids" AOPA December 1987
AOPA - Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association [of Australia] [aka AOPA Journal aka Australian Pilot]?

"The Royal Australian Air Force at Guadalcanal," Australian Defense Force Journal 87 (March - April 1991): p. 27-34.

"War Comes To Australia" Article written to accompany Petty Officer Hajime Toyashima's flying clothing on display at the RAAF Museum, Victoria. (n.d.)

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February 18, 2014


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