Category Archives: Historical Background

USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part Five

  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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Flying the Hump – an update

Thanks to a re-blog on “Pacific Paratrooper“, lots of people had a look at my post “Flying the Hump“. A heroic piece of history that should not be forgotten. I decided to post this addition and illustrate it with some … Continue reading

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Today, 75 years ago – the Battle of Sunda Strait

In the early morning hours of February 28, 1942, HMAS Perth and the badly damaged USS Houston (CA30) limped into Tanjong Priok The Dutch commander, Vice Admiral “Coen” Helfrich insisted that the two survivors of the Battle of the Java Sea, would … Continue reading

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Bastogne – 72 years later

Driving back from Luxembourg on a cold winters day, I passed through the Ardennes town of Bastogne and stopped at the (aptly named) “Place MacAuliffe” to have a look at the little statue and the Sherman tank next to it. I looked down … Continue reading

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December 9, 1941 -The day the British lost the air war in Malaya

Excerpt from: “A Rude Awakening” Just after midnight, when the Japanese troop ships had heaved into sight about a mile offshore, a single British 18-pounder gun had opened fire on them. Thus, one hour before the Japanese struck at Pearl … Continue reading

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75 Years Ago – Pearl Harbor (and more)

On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, the pacific war started. A war that changed the world forever. The Japanese conquest of most of South-East Asia heralded the downfall of the mighty British, Dutch and French colonial empires in the Far-East. … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes of the Malayan Campaign – 1

‘” There are now sixty barges on the beach Sir”, the young lieutenant said, still out of breath after his run to the command post. “Our guess is each of them held something like sixty soldiers.” Brigadier ‘Billy’ Key, commander … Continue reading

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