The book “Winning from Downunder” by Noel Tunny discusses the three advantages Leadership, Largesse and Luck enjoyed by the USA and Australia that brought the Japanese conquest of South East Asia and much of the Pacific to an end. The book gives insights into the personalities of the senior leaders of the Allies as revealed by their own actions and by the opinions expressed by their contemporaries.

Some contentious topics are analysed such as:

  • What did Churchill and Roosevelt know about the Japanese plans before Pearl Harbour
  • The facts behind L.B. Johnson’s visit to Australia and his receipt of a Silver Star Medal and 
  • Whether or not there was a ‘Brisbane Line’ of defense planned for Australia to concede the northern portion of the Australian continent in the event of an invasion by the Japanese.
  • When discussing the Atomic Bombing
  • The Women who went to War, 
  • The Heroism and the Brutality of War.
  • This book is faithful to Lord Byrons belief that there are deeds that should not pass away and names that should not be forgotten and 
  • the observation of Sir George Macaulay Trevelyan referring to the impelling poetry of truth in Historical Study.

“Thank you for sending me your incredible book, setting the record straight on some things of Australia’s battle with the Japanese during World War II.”  Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC DBE

Noel Tunny has generously made available a limited quantity of his number #1 selling book for us to sell with all funds raised going directly back into the community and raising funds for the Far North Queensland Aviation Museum.

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Flat Rate $9.90 within Australia

Local pickup available at Mareeba Airport on Thursday or Saturday mornings.


$39.99 RRP (inc GST)

SALE $30 while stocks last – once sold out that’s it!

All proceeds go back into assisting volunteers display the region’s aviation history at the not-for-profit Far North Queensland Aviation Museum.

About the Author

Noel Tunny OAM, B.E. M.Eng.Sc.(Qual)

Noel Tunny was born in Mareeba, Far North Queensland and grew up in Charters Towers during World War II. He was a frequent visitor to the USAAF’s 3rd Bomb Group’s base at Corinda airfield on the northeast edge of town.

Noel graduated in civil engineering from the University of Queensland in 1955 and was engaged in that profession until his retirement. 

Noel has written almost 100 books with five books dedicated to the USAAF presence in Queensland including:

  1. Gateway to Victory
  2. The Establishment of The First U. S. Armed Forces in Australia, 1941-42
  3. Fight Back from the North and now
  4. Winning from Downunder
  5. An Essential Alley (coming soon).


Noel has been acquainted with a number of the veterans of the 3rd Bomb Group, including General Robert Ruegg, who was present in Brisbane at the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Noel is one of the real authorities on the air war in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA), and he has the added advantage of seeing the war up close and personal as a youth in Charters Towers during the months when the 3rd Bomb Group was based there in 1942 and early 1943.

Paul was excited to be our first book sales customer in July 2022 purchasing Winning from Downunder and Fight Back from the North.

About Noel Tunny

Noel Tunny, a retired consulting engineer, was born in Mareeba in 1930 and educated at Mount Carmel College, Charters Towers, and the University of Queensland (B.E. Civil).

His father, William Henry “HarryTunny, a railway station master, died in 1936.

Harry’s father was Patrick PaddyTunny from Roscommon, Ireland, who started work in Australia as a labourer on the railway line west of Charters Towers and retired as a publican with the Mansfield hotel in Townsville.

Noel‘s mother was Gladys Mather, the granddaughter of Thomas Close, the son of a soldier from Wisconsin, USA. Tom Close came to Australia as a gymnast in an equestrian circus. He worked as a miner at Eureka and drove Cobb and Co coaches before settling in Mitchell as a publican. He retired after operating a mine and crushing plant at Woolgar, 80 miles north of Richmond.

Gladys’ father was Thomas Mather, in 1891 a shearer and later a dam sinker, fencer and wool carrying contractor with two German wagons. His grandfather, also Thomas Mather, was a cotton spinner from Manchester who came with his family under contract to David McConnell on Cressbrook, Esk, where he learnt to shear sheep. At the end of his contract in 1845, he bought land in Grey StreetBrisbane where his wife and sons ran a hostel. Thomas worked in the country as a shearer until he was speared and mutilated near Woodenbong when walking to a shearing job on the Richmond River.

From 1942, Noel served as a cadet, corporal and cadet lieutenant with training at Sellheim and Enoggera Army camps. With the University Squadron in the RAAF General Duties flight he trained as a pilot at Archerfield and and Amberley before two years with the RAAF Reserve.

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