Category Archives: Aircraft

Various typoes of aircraft described in the blog and my books

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 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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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 5 – 7th BG to Java

  The arrival in Java of the 7th Bomb Group. On January 11, while the 19th was under way to Tarakan, three Consolidated LB-30’s arrived at Malang’s Singosari airfield at 13.05 local time. Major Austin A, Straubel flew in AL … Continue reading

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USAAF B17’s in JAVA – Part 4 – Hitting the Philippines

Hitting the Philippines – from Java On January 8, 1942, the seemingly indefatigable Combs took nine of the B-17’s to Kendari II (also known as K2) at 07.15 a.m. They arrived 11.30 a.m. and took off at 17.00 p.m. the … Continue reading

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USAAF B17’s in Java – Part 3 – 19th BG – Next stop: Java

Darwin – Next stop: Java On December 24, four days after the last B-17 had left for the safety of Darwin, the Japanese launched their heaviest air raid on the Manila area. They concentrated on the waterfront, destroying the area … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 1 – Bombers to the Philippines – Quick!

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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