Free Shipping on Order Over $80
AfterPay Available
Les Knight

Les Knight

Australia's Dambuster

by Marcus Fielding
Hardback
Publication Date: 01/05/2019
  $31.31

Les Knight, a young man from Camberwell, Victoria was like many who joined to serve his country during the Second World War. But unlike many others his skill as a Lancaster pilot enabled him to successfully breach the Eder Dam in the now infamous Dambusters Raid. At the age of 22 Les was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and became a national hero.

But his war service continued and four months after the Dambusters Raid his aircraft was badly damaged. On this occasion Les' skill and bravery were again on display as he held the stricken plane steady to allow his seven crewmates to be able to bale out.

Then, as he searched for a place to ditch the aircraft, he steered clear of a Dutch village in order to avoid any civilian injuries. The aircraft hit the ground hard, cartwheeled and Les was killed.

Five of the seven crew members were able to evade being captured by the Germans and with the help of underground movements were returned to England. The other two were captured and detained in POW camps until war's end. All seven returned home to continue their lives, marry and have children. Their lives are Les' legacy.

This is the remarkable story of one brave Australian who answered his country's calling and who demonstrated courage far beyond expectation. His gravestone carries the inscription 'Let us be Worthy'. The village of Den Ham have never forgotten the bravery of this young Australian pilot. His grave has always been immaculately kept.

ISBN:
9780648355281
9780648355281
Category:
Warfare & defence
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-05-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Barrallier Books Pty Ltd
Country of origin:
Australia

This title is in stock with our Australian supplier and arrives at our Sydney warehouse within 10-15 working days of you placing an order.

Once received into our warehouse we will despatch it to you with a Shipping Notification which includes online tracking.

Please check the estimated delivery times below for your region, for after your order is despatched from our warehouse:

ACT Metro  2 working days

NSW Metro  2 working days

NSW Rural  2 - 3 working days

NSW Remote  2 - 5 working days

NT Metro  3 - 6 working days

NT Remote  4 - 10 working days

QLD Metro  2 - 4 working days

QLD Rural  2 - 5 working days

QLD Remote  2 - 7 working days

SA Metro  2 - 5 working days

SA Rural  3 - 6 working days

SA Remote  3 - 7 working days

TAS Metro  3 - 6 working days

TAS Rural  3 - 6 working days

VIC Metro  2 - 3 working days

VIC Rural  2 - 4 working days

VIC Remote  2 - 5 working days

WA Metro  3 - 6 working days

WA Rural  4 - 8 working days

WA Remote  4 - 12 working days

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review Les Knight.