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May 26, 2015

Linder publishes story of Australian World War II tragedy

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Robert D. Linder, history, has published "Faithful Until Death: The Moral Challenges of an RAAF Christian in World War II" in Church Heritage: Historical Journal of the Uniting Church in Australia, vol. 19, no. 1, March 2015, page 35-48.

Based on his wartime diary, the tragic story of Royal Australian Air Force, or RAAF, flyer Geoffrey Slinn unfolded in its pages. The diary recounts his day-to-day moral and spiritual challenges and the manner in which he met them before his tragic death over the North Sea during the last months of the war.

His diary also reveals the temptations of daily life in the military and the spiritual techniques he used to remain true to his evangelical Christian faith and his marriage vows. It also relates his experiences as he joined the special operations unit that flew clandestine missions over Western Europe in support of various underground organizations from the super secret wartime airfield at Royal Air Force Tempsford in central England. Slinn lost his life over the North Sea as he returned from one of his secret missions.