Published by Woodfield in 2006, 250 pages. Paperback (N4455)
From the rear side cover: This book tells the remarkable story of the Cocos/Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean, from the time of their discovery in 1609 until they became fully integrated with Australia in 1984
It is mainly written to record the achievements of a few thousand men of the British Armed Forces who, in great secrecy, constructed and operated a Royal Air Force bomber base and Air Staging Post during the latter months of World War II under the codename ‘Operation Pharos’.
It became the most advanced of all the Allied air bases in the South East Asia theatre of operations and was used to mount attacks on the Japanese forces in Sumatra and elsewhere and as a refuelling point for aircraft travelling to and from Australia. The book includes details of all 11 RAF squadrons that were involved in Operation Pharos during the Second World War.
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound - the book looks like it has never been read!