Investigating the disappearance of VH-CIZ, Australia’s most baffling war-time aviation disaster.

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Book Specifications

  • 372 pages
  • 81,000 words
  • 23 x 15cm (9 inches x 6 inches)
  • Black and white
  • Easy to read medium sized font
  • All images, maps and exhibits in black and white
  • ISBN 9780646882796


The true story of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C47 which vanished on a flight from Ambon to Darwin in December 1945 with 25 servicemen on board.

The Dakota had flown head-long into a severe tropical storm and was thought to have crashed or ditched somewhere in the Banda Sea. The next day, when the plane could not possibly be in the air, two cryptic radio messages crackled into military receivers in Darwin – one of which stated the group were “Alive…All Alive.”

Shortly after, a civilian radio operator received a third incomplete message from an unknown source. The message stated the group were on Timor, were all OK, and were waiting to be picked up.

Despite a frantic search effort, the men and the aircraft were never seen again.

This book investigates the likelihood of the men’s survival, the possible outcomes of the incident, and the flawed Court of Inquiry that followed.

A must-read for anyone interested in war-time aviation, radio technology, and survival in the Pacific War.