Author Archives: Kingsleyr

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!

USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part Two

The Clark Field Disaster and Retreat from the Philippines Brereton’s impression that the organization of the FEAF left much to be desired was confirmed the next day, after a hurried inspection tour of his command. The November 5 entry in … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part One

Bombers to the Philippines – Quick! Part One of  US Bomber Operations in the Dutch East Indies”.  As the summer of 1941 drifted into fall, even the diplomatic diehards at the State Department were forced to admit that a war … Continue reading

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Christmas 1934 – First KLM Transatlantic Flight

The swan-song of Fokker airliners with KLM The ‘Pelikaan’s very successful mail flight to the Dutch East Indies triggered the idea of enlarging the airmail network to the Dutch dominions in the West-Indies and South-America. The idea of a special … Continue reading

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The 1933 Christmas Mail Flight to Java (and back)

A marketing stunt saved by a standard KLM airliner… It all started with a contract Albert Plesman, KLM’s ambitious managing director, had negotiated with the Dutch PTT as soon as the first scheduled service to the Dutch East Indies was … Continue reading

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The Other Side: The Nakajima A6M2-N

The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero’s Bastard Brother Why would a hard-nosed organization (as the Japanese Navy certainly was) bother with ordering an airplane which performance was reduced to about 20% of its land and carrier-based version? This question seems baffling enough … Continue reading

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Combat over the Mediterranean

A birds-eye view, at masthead level Many books and stories have been published about the fight in the North-African desert, the defense of Malta and the ultimate turning point of Alamein. Few books, however, have been dedicated to the hard … Continue reading

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Lt. Sam Marett & the Seversky P-35

An unsung hero and a forgotten plane. On December 10, 1941, the US Far East Air Force in the Philippines was still reeling from the disastrous Japanese attacks on Dec. 8 and 9. Two thirds of its heavy bombers had … Continue reading

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