Category Archives: Dutch East Indies

Background information on the former Dutch colony and its military forces

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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Pearl Harbor’s Legacy

Today, 76 years ago, the Japanese Naval Air Force delivered the opening blow in the war that would set the whole of the Pacific and Indian Ocean ablaze. In a daring attack that only lasted one hour and 15 minutes, … Continue reading

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USAAF Dive Bombers in Java – Part Three

The 91st Bomb Squadron in Action February 19th sealed the fate of the Allied campaign in the Dutch East Indies. On this day, the Japanese simultaneously attacked Darwin in Australia, Kupang in Timor and Den Pasar in Bali. By landing … Continue reading

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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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