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.
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…