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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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A Tiger and Headhunters: Flying Across the Hump… Part 3 of 3

Originally posted on Wandering through Time and Place:
This photo was taken of John immediately after he walked out of the jungle when his plane crashed while he was flying the Hump in World War II. He is holding the…

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Bailing out in a Stormy, Dark Night into an Unknown Jungle: Flying the Hump in World War II… Part 2 of 3

Originally posted on Wandering through Time and Place:
For years, this painting of a C-109 flying the Hump was hung in my father-in-law’s home. It reminded him of his experience in World War II of flying supplies from India to…

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“Your husband Lieutenant John A. Dallen has been reported missing.” Flying the Hump in World War II: Part I

Originally posted on Wandering through Time and Place:
Dressed up in his pilot’s gear and ready for his first solo flight, Peggy’s dad, John Dallen, climbs into the open cockpit of a Boeing Stearman PT-17 biplane. With World War II…

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The Other Side – The Nakajima Ki.43 “Hayabusa”

Sometimes called the “Army Zero” by American pilots, and overshadowed by its Navy rival, the Mitsubishi A6M “Zero”, the “Hayabusa” was the most common (and deadly) adversary for the Allied pilots during the Malayan campaign. Pilots flying the Ki-43 shot … Continue reading

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Disaster in Malaya – The sinking of Force “Z”

As tensions rose with Japan in the fall of 1941, Britain strained to enhance its defenses in the Far-East. The British strategy hinged on the entire main fleet arriving from England to assist in the defense of Singapore, but unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes of the 1941 Malayan campaign – 3

Squadron Leader Arthur Stewart King Scarf was the first RAF officer to win (posthumously) a Victoria Cross during the Malayan campaign. Arthur “Pongo” Scarf was a regular, Cranwell educated RAF officer who had joined the RAF in 1936. He served … Continue reading

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