An unsung hero
When Squadron-Leader and Commanding Officer Geoffrey William Coventry of the 11th Squadron RAAF returned to base along with his crew after a raid on Manokwari Harbour in western New Guinea in early 1943, they had something for their Intelligence Officer’s narrative report. What they had was a frank admission that they were indeed back from their mission, but didn’t know how.
Coventry had ﬂown in a Catalina on a bombing and reconnaissance mission over Manokwari Harbour. They came in across the bay at a very low height and were immediately met by a concentration of light and medium anti-aircraft fire. “There was tracer ﬂying past us on every side,” his crew later admitted, ‘it was the hottest show a Catalina had ever come out of.” Coventry told the intelligence officer that he thought he was now living on borrowed…
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