Local war hero's story finally told
On Monday 24 September at 10am at the Nambour library, a Nambour war hero will have his story immortalised in ink. Author Dorothy Whittington has written March Hero, the biography of Jim Hocking a pilot in the Air Force during World War II.
The official launch of the book will be at 10:30am. Maroochy Mayor Joe Natoli will be there to commemorate the bravery and celebrate the launch of this important biography March Hero.
"It is people like Jim Hocking who are true heroes, and although Jim died in that crash, we need to recognise and show our gratitude to him and his family," Cr Natoli said.
In July 1944, Jim Hocking instructed his flight crew to jump for their lives while he stayed on at the controls of his burning bomber, steering the plane away from the town of March in Cambridgeshire, England. Jim crashed the plane into a nearby field; his actions saved the town and people of March.
This story has remained unknown for 42 years but now, through the perseverance of a comrade and a newspapers investigation Jim Hocking's story of supreme sacrifice will be recognised.
The people of March have a memorial to Jim Hocking at their historic church that is near the field where he crashed his plane. As a living memorial, a Sister City agreement is now in place between Maroochy and Fenland, England.
Council members from our Sister City, Maroochy Councillors and members of the Hocking family will also be at the book launch of March Hero.
Where: Nambour Library, Cnr Currie St and Bury St
When: Monday 24 September
Time: Morning tea from 10am, Book launch 10:30- 11:15am