1 July 1942

Lt-Col Ralph Honner, back in Perth after returning from the Middle East, receives orders to take command of 39th Bn on the Kokoda Track and immediately heads to Moresby. He had just 2 weeks leave home with his wife and two young kids after two years service in the Middle East.

He packs and rushes to his plane, starting a journey that will take him plane-hopping around the south and eastern coast of Australia – from Perth to Ceduna, to Parafield near Adelaide, to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Townsville and then by Catalina to Moresby. 

Honner is regarded as one of Australia's finest tactical commanders, having proved himself during with the AIF in the Middle East, winning a Military Cross in Greece.