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The man who saved Smithy : fighter pilot, pioneer aviator, hero - the extraordinary life of Sir Gordon Taylor MC, GC

Author: Rick Searle
Publisher: Sydney : Allen & Unwin, 2015.
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Patrick Gordon 'Bill' Taylor was a pioneer of Australian aviation. As a fighter pilot during the First World War, he was awarded the Military Cross and discovered a life-long passion for flight and air navigation. Returning to Australia after the war, he became a close friend of Charles Kingsford Smith; they went on to form an incredible flying partnership, setting records around the globe. It was on a flight across  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: P G Taylor; Charles Kingsford Smith, Sir; Charles Kingsford Smith, Sir; P G Taylor
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rick Searle
ISBN: 9781760113407 1760113409
OCLC Number: 910721223
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Description: 400 pages
Responsibility: Rick Searle.

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Patrick Gordon 'Bill' Taylor was a pioneer of Australian aviation. As a fighter pilot during the First World War, he was awarded the Military Cross and discovered a life-long passion for flight and air navigation. Returning to Australia after the war, he became a close friend of Charles Kingsford Smith; they went on to form an incredible flying partnership, setting records around the globe. It was on a flight across the Tasman in Smithy's famous Southern Cross that Taylor earned the Empire's highest award for civilian bravery, the George Cross. With one engine out of action and another fast running out of oil, Taylor repeatedly climbed out of the cockpit to transfer oil to the stricken engine and keep the Southern Cross flying -- all this while suspended over the sea in a howling slipstream. After the deaths of his friends Charles Ulm and Kingsford Smith in separate accidents, Taylor became Australia's greatest surviving aviator, pioneering vital new trans-oceanic air routes during the Second World War and receiving a knighthood in honour of his services to flight. The Man Who Saved Smithy is the enthralling account of his remarkable life and achievements.

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