The book Launch of Palembang and Beyond will be held on on Saturday 3 March, 2018 at the Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, SO20 8DY
The book launch will be held in the Blackburn Beverley room, starting at 2pm
This book recounts the operations mounted against Japanese-occupied territory and in particular Operation Meridian One and Two when British Avenger air crews attacked the Palembang Refineries, in Sumatra, in early 1945. The stories of Avenger Pilots Sub. Lt (A) Arthur Page, Sub. Lt John ‘Buster’ Brown, and Telegraphist Air Gunner (TAG) Norman ‘Dickie’ Richardson ‘ demonstrate the extreme danger the British Avenger crews experienced in the Pacific War. During the Palembang Raid ”Dickie’ Richardson along with his pilot and navigator were hit and had to ditch in the sea. They were rescued ‘from the drink’ by Prince Philip who was at the time serving on HMS Whelp.
Dr Arthur Page and ‘Dickie’ Richardson will be present at the book launch