Category Archives: Dutch East Indies

Background information on the former Dutch colony and its military forces

New cover for “The Odyssey”

I am proud to announce the launch of “The Odyssey” with a new cover, designed by Daniela Colleo.   (www.Stunningbookcovers.com) The Java Gold Series Follow a few desperate men in their quest for a cargo of pure gold that got … Continue reading

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British Tanks in Java – 1942

Forgotten Heroes of the Malaya – NEI Campaign In December 1941, the Commonwealth forces were driven relentlessly down the Malayan peninsula in a humiliating series of military disasters. Defenceless against swarms of strafing Japanese fighters and harassed by scores of … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Ten

The loss of the Langley and the final curtain When USAT Monroe docked in Brisbane on January 31, 1942, she brought in 70 additional P-40’s while the SS Mariposa delivered 4000 US servicemen, including personnel of the 49th fighter group. … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Nine

The fate of Malaya and Singapore was sealed between February 8 and February 18, and during that time, there were no Japanese raids on Java. But it was far from a restful time for the USAAF. It was the period … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Eight

The 17th into the breach On January 25, 1942, the 17th Pursuit Squadron (Provisional) under Major Charles A Sprague, arrives at Surabaya with 12 P-40’s. It is the first USAAF pursuit squadron to arrive in Java, in a frantic effort … Continue reading

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Glenn Martin WH-139 / B10 update

Page updated on April 20,2017 Operational history updated and corrected, survivor list updated. Colour side view added.

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Six

Confusion, chaos – and Bob Buel “…Essential you have squadron P-40’s at Darwin for operations and convoy by 13-14 February…” said a message from General Brett on February 12, 1942, confirming the confusion and chaos that now had the Allied … Continue reading

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