Allied squadrons in the Malaya – NEI campaign

After the outbreak of the Pacific War, many Allied squadrons were committed in a frantic effort to stem the Japanese tide. The fight was hard, bitter and unequal as the Allies were simply overwhelmed by the sheer scale and quality of the attacking air forces.
Still, all those crews fought bravely and skilfully during a campaign that barely lasted three months.


Bombing up a Lockheed Hudson of no. 13 RAAF Squadron – date unknown

So far I have not been able to find an overview of all Allied squadrons that took part in the battle for Malaya and the Netherlands East Indies (NEI). Therefore, I have prepared such an overview and posted it as a separate page under ‘Allied Air Forces’.
It is a tribute to those who fought on the Dutch side – lest we forget them…

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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8 Responses to Allied squadrons in the Malaya – NEI campaign

  1. GP Cox says:

    Great posts always, wish I had more time to comment on them.
    [off topic – I less than a week my post will be of the Battle of the Bismark Sea, I know the RAAF was in that, but I am unable to locate the squadron number(s). Do you happen to access to this info?]


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