The Diamond Dakota Mystery

Juliet Wills
AUD $26.95

An extraordinary but true war-time tale of daring, mystery, luck and in excess of twenty million dollars worth of diamonds, and how they were lost, found and lost again.

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 army. At the last minute, a mysterious brown paper package is thrown to its pilot, Russian air ace Captain Ivan 'Turc' Smirnoff.

Heading for the supposed safety of Australia, the ill-fated DC-3 flew straight into the path of three Japanese Zeroes returning from a devastating air raid on Broome. Under heavy fire, Smirnoff miraculously landed the badly damaged plane on an isolated beach on the far northwest coast. The survivors were eventually found, but not before several had died from their injuries or thirst.

In the confusion, the package was forgotten.

Here, for the first time, is the full story of what really happened to Smirnoff's lost diamonds.

Author bio:

Award winning journalist and mother of three, Juliet Wills, is a Senior

Reseacher for the ABC program Can We Help?. She has worked for all major

Australian television networks and reported for overseas networks including

CNN and NHK. She has lectured at two universities and written for major

national newspapers and magazines including The Australian and Woman's

. She resides in Perth, Western Australia.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781741147452
Table Of Contents: PREFACE

PART ONE Flight, death and survival

CHAPTER ONE Evacuation

CHAPTER TWO The air raid on Broome

CHAPTER THREE Shot down over Carnot Bay

CHAPTER FOUR The Japanese strike again


CHAPTER SIX Beagle Bay rescue

CHAPTER SEVEN Where are the diamonds?

PART TWO Diamonds galore

CHAPTER EIGHT The old pearler

CHAPTER NINE The beachcomber

CHAPTER TEN The beachcomber's cache

CHAPTER ELEVEN An attack of conscience?




Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: August 2006
Page Extent: 240
Format: Paperback
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: History