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This extraordinary true tale follows the disappearance of more than 20 million dollars worth of precious diamonds during World War II. In 1942, as the Japanese army advanced on Java, two wealthy businessmen entrusted a Russian aviator, Captain Ivan Smirnoff, with a small, mysteriously-unmarked package, to be delivered to a businessman in Sydney. The plane was attacked duri ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Allen Unwin (first published August 1st 2006)
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Pieter Cramerus
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Warning: This review may be biased, as it is partially about my dad, although he is not the main character. From his reckoning: Sometime in 1942, the Japanese invaded Borneo, where my dad was flying bombers as a member of the Dutch AF reserves and working in a Dutch bank. He was captured along with his commanding officer, and then separated from him and put in a room with an Australian POW. He managed to escape and make his way back to the bank. There, he was given a spot on the last plane out t ...more
Louise
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is the true story of the survivors of a plane that was shot down by the Japanese during WWII.
The flight was one of the last to leave during the evacuation of Java (Indonesia), aiming for safety in Broome, Western Australia. When only 100km from its destination, the plane was attacked by the Japanese. The pilot, Ivan Smirnoff, managed to land at Carnot Bay, and the surviving passengers, most of them injured, had to survive on a remote beach (Carnot Bay, about 100km north of Broome), wi
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Jill
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story of an ill-fated DC-3 flying from Bandung to Broome in 1942 to escape the Japanese invasion of Dutch East Indies. On board were 8 passengers, two crew and a parcel of diamonds. After the DC-3 is shot down just north of Broome the diamonds go missing and the story revolves around their loss and recovery. Thorough research and a flair for narrative create a story with entertaining characters and a gripping mystery.
Nicky Brown
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this. It was a whole part of Australia’s history I was completely unaware of. Great to read while traveling through the very area in which it all occurred.
Felicity
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book is in two parts. Firstly, the transport of the diamonds from Java to WA during WWII, the bombing of Broome, the Dakota crash and survival of half the passengers. Fascinating history. The second part deals with the court case, when three men were charged with stealing the diamonds. Fascinating depiction of the life led by those men in outback Australia in the 1940s.
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