'Barney Greatrex' book launched at Knox


Barney Greatrex is the biography of World War II veteran Barney Greatrex (OKG39), written by bestselling author Michael Veitch, based on the research by Alex Lloyd (OKG09) and Angus Hordern (OKG80). 

This book was recently launched at Knox at a special ceremony attended by Barney and his family.

A Knox Grammar School cadet in Sydney, Barney Greatrex signed up for RAF Bomber Command in 1941, eager to get straight into the very centre of the Allied counterattack. Bombing Germany night after night, Barney's 61 Squadron faced continual enemy fighter attacks and anti-aircraft fire – death or capture by the Nazis loomed large. Few survived more than 20 missions, and it was on his 20th mission, in 1944, that Barney's luck finally ran out: he was shot down over occupied France.

The book is available now at The OKGA Online Shop for the special discounted price of $25.