Category Archives: Java Campaign 1942

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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USAAF DIVE BOMBERS IN JAVA

The story of the ill-fated 27th Bomb Group “…Simply because our A-24’s have truck tires on the wheels, hand triggers on the guns, control sticks that can only move a few inches because of the armored seats, no self-sealing tanks, … 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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Find a Fighter, Quick!

The short, unhappy ML-KNIL career of the Curtiss 75A ‘Hawk’   During the uneasy years of ‘peace’ before war broke out in Europe the Air Arm of the Royal Netherlands Indies Army (ML-KNIL) had committed itself  to a defensive strategy … Continue reading

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Dutch Brewster Buffalo Replica

The Dutch National Military Museum was opened on December 11, 2014,by His Majesty  Willem Alexander, King of the Netherlands. Since then the museum has been a resounding success – visitors of all age groups crowd the spacious halls and grounds. The museum … Continue reading

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Dutch Brewster Buffalo – The last fight…

Om March 7, 1942 the four remaining Dutch Brewster Buffaloes took off from Andir (near Bandung) to give air support to the embattled Dutch Army near Lembang. But Capt. van Helsdingen, Lt. Deibel, Sgt. Bruggink and Ensign Scheffers never made … Continue reading

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The Brewster Buffalo – fighter or failure?

Air power was the decisive factor during the fierce fight for the Indonesian islands. And the Dutch Air Force was hopelessly outnumbered, especially in the critical area of fighter – interceptors. The neutralist and pacifist view in the homeland prevailed too … Continue reading

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