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' Smirff.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, Smirff miraculously landed the badly damaged plane on an isolated beach on the far rthwest coast. The survivors were eventually found, but t 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 Smirff's lost diamonds.
Award winning journalist and mother of three, Juliet Wills, is a SeniorReseacher for the ABC program Can We Help?. She has worked for all majorAustralian television networks and reported for overseas networks includingCNN and NHK. She has lectured at two universities and written for majornational newspapers and magazines including The Australian and Woman'sDay. She resides in Perth, Western Australia.