Category Archives: Java Campaign 1942

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 13: The Deadly Balikpapan Grind

The Deadly Balikpapan grind and problems of command… The land battle for Balikpapan was over on January 26. The Dutch defenders, 1200 scantily equipped KNIL soldiers, were simply overwhelmed by the Japanese invasion force of 1200 marines and 5500 infantry … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 9 – Project ‘X’

Project “X”, the 7th Bomb Group and Problems of Command When President Roosevelt learned of the FEAF’s massive losses on December 8, he immediately issued a Presidential directive to reinforce the Philippines. As a result, a total of 15 Consolidated … Continue reading

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USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 8 – “Shuttle Bombing”

To all my readers and followers: due to personal reasons it has been a long time since I posted the latest installment in this series. But now I have taken up the thread again and will complete this awesome and … 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 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 2 – The Clark Field Disaster

The Clark Field Disaster and Retreat from the Philippines Brereton’s impression that the organization of the FEAF left much to be desired was confirmed the next day, after a hurried inspection tour of his command. The November 5 entry in … Continue reading

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USAAF Douglas A-24’s 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 DOUGLAS A-24’s 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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