Sources and Research Information

Fifteen years of research have yielded an immense amount of information, much too much to include in my novels. The stories would be swamped by the details. But on the other hand, it would be a wicked waste to leave this material unused. So I decided to use this blog as an ‘on-line overflow area’; to publish interesting information and stories for all of you who want to know more about the background of the topics I address in my books. And for those of you who want to have a look at the sources I used, I have compiled this overview of sources and publications I used .
I still do research to support my writing, so look out for periodic updates .

1. USAAF / US Navy operations in the Philippines and Java

  • “Summary of Air Actions in the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies – 7 Dec 1941 – 26 March 1942” – Asst. Chief of Air Staff Intelligence Division (Declassified IAW EO12958)
  • “Army Air Action in the Philippines and Netherlands East Indies – AAFRH-11” – Asst. Chief of Air Staff Intelligence Division (Declassified IAW EO 12958)
  • “The Invasion of the Dutch East Indies”; Senshi Sōsho (War History Series) Combined Army – Navy Operations; Volume 3
  • “The Fall of the Philippines; United States Army in World War Two – The War in the Pacific”, Louis Morton,
  • “Admiral Thomas C. Hart and the demise of the Asiatic Fleet”, David DuBois, M.A. Thesis, East Tennessee State University, May 2014.
  • “Dutch Neutrality and the ABDACOM experience, 1941 – 1942”, Saskia Virginia Noot, MA Thesis Leiden University 2016
  • “Paradise in Peril; Western colonial power and Japanese expansion in South-East Asia, 1905 – 1941; Bussemaker; University of Amsterdam, 2001
  • Allied air campaign across Australia, Sumatra, Java, the Philippines, Burma and CeylonBrian Cull.
  • “5th Air Force in Australia 1942 – 1945” –
  • “Patrol Wing 10 US Navy (PatWing 10),
  • “Darwin 1942 – The Japanese attack on Australia” – Bob Alford.
    “Australia’s Pearl Harbor – the Japanese air raid on Darwin” – Tom Womack,
  • “5th Air Force in Australia 1942 – 1945” –
  • “P-40E/E-1 Operations in Australia Part 1 – 5”, ADF Serials, Gordon R. Birkett
  • USAAF Worldwide Operations Chronology, December ’41 – March ’42″, Aircrew Remembered
  • “The Army Air Forces in World War II” V1-5 – Wesley Frank Craven,
  • “Joint Actions by Allied Air and Naval Forces at Java on 26-27 February 1942″ – Peter C. Boer
  • 17th Pursuit Sqn in Java” Col Lester J Johnson, USAF (ret), Air Force Magazine, Sept 1980,
  • “From Bali to Berlin”, Brigadier General Thomas L. Hayes, interviewed by Tom Guttman
  • “The 27th Reports” – extracts from diaries, copies of official orders, stories Jan 1,’40 – May 27, 1942; various authors
  • “The Brereton Diaries; The War in the Air in the Pacific, Middle-East and Europe, 3 October 1941 – 8 May 1945”, Lewis H, Brereton, William Morrow &Company, 1946
  • A Pretty Damn Able Commander – Lewis Hyde Brereton” – Air Force Historical Foundation 2001, Roger G. Miller,
  • “General Kenney reports: a personal history of the Pacific War” – George Churchill Kenney,
  • “They Fought With What They Had” – Walter Dumaux Edmonds
  • 7th Bombardment Group/Wing, 1918-1995 – Robert F. Dorr
  • “The Army Air Forces in World War II” V1-5 “ – Wesley Frank Craven,
  • “In the Hands of Fate; the story of Patrol Wing 10; 8 December 1941 – 11May 1942”, Dwight R. Messimer
  • “US Navy PBY Catalina units of the Pacific War” – Louis B. Dorny
  • “Bloody Shambles: The defence of Sumatra to the fall of Burma” – Christopher F. Shores,
  • Doomed at the start: American pursuit pilots in the Philippines,1941-1942” – William H. Bartsch
  • “Every Day a Nightmare: American Pursuit Pilots in the Defense of Java”, 1941-1942″ – William H. Bartsch,
  • “Weller’s War: A Legendary Foreign Correspondent’s Saga of World War II ” – George Weller
  • “Hurricane Aces 1941-45” – Andrew Thomas,
  • “Samurai!” – Saburo Sakai,
  • “The Saga of Pappy Gunn” – George C. Kenney

2. Malayan Campaign

  • “Fortnight of Infamy; the collapse of Allied Air Power West of Pearl Harbor”  – John Burton:
  • Britain’s Greatest Defeat – Singapore 1942” – Allan Warren:
  • Malaya and Singapore 1941 / 42 – the fall of the British Empire in the East” – Mark Stille:
  • 10 Days at Butterworth” – article in ‘Eastwards’, Journal of the RAF Butterworth / Penang Association
  • Report on the air operations during the campaigns in Malaya and Netherlands East Indies from the 8th December 1941 to the 12th March 1942” –  The London Gazette, 26 February 1948

3. Java Campaign

  • The Depot Squadron of the KNIL Army Aviation Corps and the Java-Australia airlift in the period February-March 1942” – Dr. P.C. Boer
  • The ‘Black Force (Java)” – The AWM monographs
  • “Brief Diary of ‘B’ Squadron 3rd Hussars” – Major P. William-Powlett, M.C.
  • The British Tank Unit in the East Indies” – Jacques Jost
  • British Light Tanks 1925 – 1945” – David Fletcher
  • “British 3rd Hussar Tank Squadron in the Dutch East Indies, 1942″ – fromThe Galloping Thirdby Hector Bolitho.

4. Australia in WW2

  • “The Japanese Navy’s operations against Australia”; Tanaka Hiromi, Journal of the Australian War Memorial – Issue 30
  • “Lowe Report”, Commission of Inquiry concerning the circumstances connected with the attack made by Japanese aircraft at Darwin on 19th February 1942”; Australian Government, October 5, 1945
  • Australia in War, 1940-1945
  • Royal Australian Air Force in WW2                   

5. Informative Websites

— Updated July 16, 2018 —


2 Responses to Sources and Research Information

  1. Pingback: First Return Flight Amsterdam – Java | The Java Gold's Blog

  2. Pierre Lagacé says:

    Now I know!


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