March Hero, by Dorothy WhittingtonMarch Hero, by Dorothy Whittington
Book published privately by the author in 2007, 120 pages. Paperback (S7526WSO)
From the rear side cover: In July 1944, a young Air Force pilot from Nambour on Queensland's sunshine coast in Australia, instructed his crew to jump for their lives and then stayed at the controls of his burning bomber to push it beyond the Cambridgeshire town of March...
In ensuring that the plane with its heavy load of fuel did not destroy the town, he gave his own life and died as it exploded in a nearby field.
The story of Jim Hockin'g heroism remained largely unknown for 42 years and then, through the persererance of an old wartime comrade, a remarkable string of coincidences and a comprehensive newspaper investigation, the story of his supreme sacrifice emerged.
This book tells Jim's story, from his childhood in Nambour to his final flight over March and how one man's act of bravery united two districts on opposite sides of the world.
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.