Dutch Brewster Buffalo – The last fight…

Om March 7, 1942 the four remaining Dutch Brewster Buffaloes took off from Andir (near Bandung) to give air support to the embattled Dutch Army near Lembang.
But Capt. van Helsdingen, Lt. Deibel, Sgt. Bruggink and Ensign Scheffers never made it to the battlefield. Their wheels were hardly off the ground when they were jumped by Japanese Mitsubishi A6M “Zeroes” and a ferocious dogfight followed.

1st Lieutenat Deibel phoraphed with his Brewster Buffalo in 1941

1st Lieutenat Deibel and his Brewster Buffalo in 1941

Van Helsdingen was killed in action, Deibel, Scheffers and Bruggink survived.
For their heroic action they were awarded the highest Dutch Military decoration, the “Military William Order”.

Now left with out any air cover, the Dutch forces in Java capitulated the next day…

Interested? Read more about the Dutch Buffaloes in the Background Information pages…

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About Kingsleyr

Thank you for visiting my blog! The posts you find here are a direct result of my research into aviation and military history. I use the information I gather as a foundation and background for my books. You may call the genre historical fiction, a story woven into a background of solid and verifiable historical facts. However, the period and region I have chosen to write about (late 1930's - 1950's in South-East Asia) are jam-packed with interesting information and anecdotes. If I'd used them all I would swamp the stories. So this blog is the next best thing. It is an "overflow area" in which I can publish whatever I think will interest you. And from the reactions I get, I deduce I am on the right track. A lot will be about aviation in the former Dutch East Indies. This, because my series of books ("The Java Gold") follows a young Dutch pilot in his struggle to survive the Pacific War and its aftermath. But there's more in the world and you'll find descriptions of cities, naval operations and what not published on this blog. Something about myself; I am a Dutch-Canadian author, living in, and working out of the magical city of Amsterdam. My lifelong interest in history and aviation, especially WW2, has led me to write articles and books on these subjects. I hope you'll enjoy them!
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