Death in the Skies: The Story of Second Lieutenant Gilbert Perry, AFC
Flimsy fabric tore, control lines snapped and wooden frames splintered as a stream of machine gun bullets ripped through the Sopwith Snipe biplane from No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). Within seconds, the aircraft was spiralling out of control, plummeting to earth. The formation leader, Captain Roy ‘Bo’ King, a 6’ 3” (191cm) tall bicycle mechanic from Bathurst in NSW, looked around him and saw his wingmen scatter as a dozen German Fokker D.VII fighters attacked them from beneath. The Germans were from the elite Jasta Boelcke, led by fighter ace and Oxford University graduate Rittmeister Karl Bolle. Attackers and the attacked looped and dived as both formations dissolved into individual battles in the sky.

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive