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The diamond Dakota mystery / Juliet Wills with Marianne van Velzen.

By: Wills, Juliet.
Contributor(s): Velzen, Marianne van | Velzen, Marianne van [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Crows Nest, NSW : Allen & Unwin, 2006Description: xviii, 222 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781741147452; 174114745X (pbk.).Subject(s): Palmer, Jack | Larceny -- Australia -- Carnot Bay (W.A.) | Diamonds -- Australia -- Carnot Bay (W.A.) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia -- Broome (W.A.) -- Aerial operations, Japanese | Aeroplane crash survival -- Australia -- Carnot Bay (W.A.) | Shipwreck survival -- Australia -- Carnot Bay (W.A.) | Survival -- Australia -- Carnot Bay (W.A.) | Survival at sea -- Australia -- Carnot Bay (W.A.) | Wilderness survival -- Australia -- Carnot Bay (W.A.) | Jewel thieves -- Australia -- Carnot Bay (W.A.) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia -- Broome (W.A.) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, Japanese | Larceny -- Australia -- Beagle Bay (W.A.) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Western Australia -- Broome (W.A.) -- Aerial operations, JapaneseDDC classification: 364.162 Subject: It's March 1942, and one of the last planes out of Java is about to wing terrified Dutch refugees away from the advancing Japanese. At the last minute, a mysterious brown paper package is thrown to its pilot. An extraordinary true story of war-time daring and a million pounds worth of diamonds.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This extraordinary true tale follows the disappearance of more than 20 million dollars worth of precious diamonds during World War II. In 1942, as the Japanese army advanced on Java, two wealthy businessmen entrusted a Russian aviator, Captain Ivan Smirnoff, with a small, mysteriously-unmarked package, to be delivered to a businessman in Sydney. The plane was attacked during a Japanese air raid and under heavy fire, but Smirnoff miraculously landed the badly damaged plane on an isolated beach on Java's far northwest coast. A few weeks later, Jack Palmer stumbled across the lost package--containing precious diamonds--among the plane's wreckage. Nicknamed "Diamond Jack," Palmer and two others were charged with theft of the diamonds. This true adventure follows the diamonds as they are lost, found, and lost again.

Includes bibliography (p.215-219).

It's March 1942, and one of the last planes out of Java is about to wing terrified Dutch refugees away from the advancing Japanese. At the last minute, a mysterious brown paper package is thrown to its pilot. An extraordinary true story of war-time daring and a million pounds worth of diamonds.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • Part 1 Flight, death and survival
  • Chapter 1 Evacuation
  • Chapter 2 The air raid on Broome
  • Chapter 3 Shot down over Carnot Bay
  • Chapter 4 The Japanese strike again
  • Chapter 5 Survival
  • Chapter 6 Beagle Bay rescue
  • Chapter 7 Where are the diamonds?
  • Part 2 Diamonds galore
  • Chapter 8 The old pearler
  • Chapter 9 The beachcomber
  • Chapter 10 The beachcomber's cache
  • Chapter 11 An attack of conscience?
  • Chapter 12 The trial
  • Chapter 13 Diamond fever
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography