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 14: February 3, Java attacked.

The Japanese forces had nearly completed the encirclement of Java. And as it was now operating from Kendari and Balikpapan, the Imperial Japanese Navy’s 21st Air Flotilla was ready to carry out the first real attacks against targets in Java. … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’S in Java – Part 13: The Deadly Balikpapan Grind

The Deadly Balikpapan grind and problems of command… The land battle for Balikpapan was over on January 26. The Dutch defenders, 1200 scantily equipped KNIL soldiers, were simply overwhelmed by the Japanese invasion force of 1200 marines and 5500 infantry … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’S in Java – Part 12: The loss of Major Stanley K. Robinson

  “Once captured by the enemy, a secret airfield will become a fearful liability”,  the Royal Dutch Navy had predicted not so long ago. And the capture of the secret airfield Kendari II (in Celebes or Sulawesi) proved how true … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 11 – The Battle for Balikpapan heats up

The Battle for Balikpapan – Things heating up The Japanese pincer operation against Java continued, and the invasion of Balikpapan went according to plan, despite the losses suffered by the Balikpapan landing force during the night attack of January 24. … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 10 – Balikpapan – Round One to the US Navy

The Battle of Balikpapan – Round One to the US Navy With the drive through Malaya toward Singapore – the western part of the Japanese pincer operation against Java –– now well underway, the eastern part of the pincer was … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 9 – Project ‘X’

Project “X”, the 7th Bomb Group and Problems of Command When President Roosevelt learned of the FEAF’s massive losses on December 8, he immediately issued a Presidential directive to reinforce the Philippines. As a result, a total of 15 Consolidated … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 8 – “Shuttle Bombing”

To all my readers and followers: due to personal reasons it has been a long time since I posted the latest installment in this series. But now I have taken up the thread again and will complete this awesome and … Continue reading

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Reevers Warbirds B-25 Mitchell Restoration – “Pulk” a Dutch Tribute

Originally posted on Aces Flying High:
Reevers B-25J Reevers Warbirds unveiled their North American B-25J Mitchell medium bomber restoration project at a public open day hosted by Classic Jets Fighter Museum on April 9th, 2017 at Parafield Airport, Adelaide, South Australia (alongside the museums F4U…

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 7 – 7th BG First Blood

First Blood – The 7th Bomb Group to Menado While the 19th was ‘showing the flag’ way up north, a critical situation developed in Northern Celebes. The Japanese were invading Menado. Orders were issued to strike ‘with all available force’ … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 6 – ABDACOM

ABDACOM and the Sungei Patani Raid The American – British – Dutch – Australian (ABDA) Command came into being early in January 1942. It was a direct result of the Arcadia conference during which Roosevelt and Churchill agreed on a … Continue reading

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