‘Without Precedent’ is the biography of commando and fighter pilot, Phillip Zupp. One man who served in two very different wars. During World War Two, he saw combat on the ground in the Pacific before patrolling Hiroshima and Tokyo at the war’s end. In Korea, Phillip flew 201 combat sorties amid intense ground fire and the ever-threatening MiG fighters. Peace brought a career that spanned the globe and the skies above it. All the while, the intriguing story of the search for a downed airman, a damaged jet and the first Australian Purple Heart lay dormant. Until now. (350 pages)
I felt myself being drawn in. Like a good novel, and this is non-fiction of course, I was on the hero’s side. I wanted him to excel. I wanted him to survive… there were moments, particularly towards the end, when I was moved to tears.
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I feel privileged to have read this book. Phillip Zupp had a truly amazing life full of adventure and friendships . As an aviation enthusiast I appreciate the story of his aviation career. The diversity, history, and great detail in the book makes for compelling reading. There are many amazing stories that I really enjoyed. Owen has done a masterful job putting all this together through his personal experiences with his Father and extensive research.
Owen Zupp is well known for his passion and attention to detail in his literary work, and nowhere is this more clearly demonstrated than in his latest release, Without Precedent. In framing this most wonderful tribute to his father, Zupp has produced a great mix of historical research, personal anecdotes and technical detail. In an age where I don’t get enough time to sit down & read, Without Precedent drew me in and kept me there from start to finish, and I most highly recommend it.
A very interesting well written book about a man who with very limited education worked hard to achieve his dream of becoming a fighter pilot. There were a few bumps in the road before and after his fighter pilot time in the Korean war which was the high light of his military flying. Australian involvement in the Korean war is not well documented which makes this book well worth reading.
I went through the same RAAF training and Korean experience as Phil Zupp and really enjoyed reliving the experience through the book as it was historically very accurate. Great to see a son honour his father in this way
From very humble beginnings with very limited education he became an incredible warrior – navigator in Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), then a Army commando in New Guinea fighting the Japanese and then a fighter pilot in Korea with RAAF waging war in the skies against the North Koreans, Chinese and even Russians. First Australian to be awarded a Purple Heart by USA. His military career was followed by an interesting civilian career.