GET 20% OFF THESE BOOKS! BROWSE

Close Notification

Your cart does not contain any items

Pathfinder, 'Kriegie' and Gumboot Governor

The Adventurous Life of Sir James Rowland AC, KBE, DFC, AFC

Sir James Rowland Dr Peter Yule

$34.99

Paperback

In stock
Ready to ship

QTY:

Big Sky Publishing
07 October 2020
Biography; Second World War; Air forces & warfare; Special & elite forces
A descendant of early pioneers of New South Wales, James Rowland combined a thirst for adventure with a strong sense of duty. Aged just 22, he became a Lancaster pilot in the elite Pathfinder force, flying 34 missions over occupied Europe and being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. In January 1945, he was the only survivor of a collision with a Canadian aircraft over Germany. After narrowly escaping being shot as a spy, he spent the rest of the war as a POW.

Returning to the RAAF in 1947, Rowland was a test pilot during the early years of the supersonic era, and played a leading role in the Mirage procurement. His leadership qualities and technical expertise saw him become head of RAAF engineering in 1972, and, in a controversial appointment, Chief of the Air Staff in 1975, the first and still the only engineer to head the RAAF.

In 1981, Rowland was appointed Governor of New South Wales, a position he held with distinction for eight years. A brilliant pilot and aeronautical engineer, who combined a strong commitment to duty with a great sense of fun, Rowland has a well-earned place among the great leaders of the RAAF.
By:   Sir James Rowland, Dr Peter Yule
Imprint:   Big Sky Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781922387400
ISBN 10:   1922387401
Pages:   520
Publication Date:   07 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter Yule is a research fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has written widely on Australian military and economic and medical history with his books including histories of the Collins Class submarine project, Australian National Airways and the Australian economy in the First World War and biographies of business leaders W L Baillieu and Sir Ian Potter. His latest book is the Long Shadow of the Long Hais: Australia's Vietnam Veterans Since the War.

See Also