John Foley

The Canberra Air Disaster

  Air Disaster Canberra: The Plane Crash That Destroyed a Government by Andrew Tink NewSouth, 2013, 304 pages, $45   Comptometrist Sheila Palmer walked out of the Temple Court Building down Collins Street for a smoke and a bite of lunch. She was twenty-eight, newly married and was happy processing RAAF pays. It was more of a war-time contribution than behind the counter at Buckleys. Three of her brothers were in the Army, another two were Air Force officers. Her husband Jack was a Hudson bomber air crew member in the RAAF, but she wasn’t worried about him. After all,…

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