This book is a tribute to Peter Isaacson’s generation of Australians — through the lives of twenty-five men and women whose lives touched his.
These are the eulogies, speeches and obituaries that Peter gave for these men and women. Several of those twenty-five were members of the 110,000 aircrew who served in Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force and flew with him on operations against the enemy as part of the crew of his Lancaster “Q for Queenie”. Peter says in his introduction about the people of whom he speaks: “To each I owe a debt of gratitude, for there is nothing more comforting or important in life than to have friends.” The final section of the book “In Defence of Bomber Command” is a tribute to the 56,927 RAF aircrew who died in operations against Germany and Italy in the Second World War and a defence of Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War.
From the forward by Geoffrey Blainey:
"This remarkable book is a mosaic, it conveys unity and purpose in clear, controlled prose. It is forthright and gentle, in turn. The tributes carry a sense of fellowship and fun, with descriptions of those who ‘lived, really lived’."
Peter Isaacson served in the Royal Australian Air Force from 1941 to 1946. As a captain/pilot he completed 45 operations against the enemy. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Flying Medal. After the war he became a publisher of community newspapers, business-to-business journals, reference books and tourist guides and was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the print media and the community.