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AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL AIRLINES APPOINTMENT
Captain A. A. Koch
Captain A. A. Koch, of Sydney, who has had a long career in commercial aviation, has been appointed senior captain of Skymaster training of Trans Australia Airlines. He will begin duty in about a fortnight.
The appointment of Captain Koch was announced by Mr L. J. Brain, general manager, after a meeting of Australian National Airlines Commis- sion in Melbourne yesterday.
Captain Koch, who is 41, holds a first-class navigator's licence and has
been flying for 20 years. He has flown 20 different types of aircraft and has 14,000 fly- ing hours to his credit.
During the war Captain Koch, who was a senior air- lines captain with Qantas Empire Air w a y s, con- tinued in civil air service until the fall
Capt A. A. KOCH
of Singapore. He took an outstand- ing part in evacuating civil personnel from Java. In one of his rescue cam- paigns during 1942 he was shot down by Japanese fighters east of Timor, and although suffering from a broken leg and broken arm he swam ashore, but was made prisoner.