Guests of the Unspeakable. The Odyssey of an Australian Airman - Being
Guests of the Unspeakable. The Odyssey of an Australian Airman - Being

WHITE, T. W. Guests of the Unspeakable. The Odyssey of an Australian Airman - Being the Record of Captivity and Escape in Turkey.

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WHITE, T. W. Guests of the Unspeakable. The Odyssey of an Australian Airman - Being the Record of Captivity and Escape in Turkey. London, John Hamilton, [1928].

8vo. Original black cloth, lettered in gilt; pp. 320; colour-printed folding map, plates after photographs; minimal rubbing to cloth, occasional light spotting internally, otherwise a clean and fresh copy.
First edition of this first-hand account of an Australian airman's escape from a Turkish prison camp during the First World War. White had been one of the first four Australian soldiers to be trained as a pilot with the Australian Flying Corps. He gives an account of his flying experience in Iraq before capture. His plane was downed over Palestine on a daring sabotage mission in November 1915. Both the author and Captain Yeats-Brown were captured by Arabs and then 'rescued' by Turks. They were then marched hundreds of miles to a primitive prison camp in the middle of Turkey. Because of illness White was sent to a military hospital in Constantinople and managed to escape along with a British Officer, making their way to Allied Forces in Bulgaria shortly before the Armistice.

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