Category Archives: USAAF in Australia

USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part Seven

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 B17’s in JAVA – Part Four

Hitting the Philippines – from Java On January 8, 1942, the seemingly indefatigable Combs took nine of the B-17’s to Kendari II (also known as K2) at 07.15 a.m. They arrived 11.30 a.m. and took off at 17.00 p.m. the … Continue reading

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USAAF B17’s in Java – Part Three

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 Two

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 B-17’s in Java – Part One

Bombers to the Philippines – Quick! Part One of  US Bomber Operations in the Dutch East Indies”.  As the summer of 1941 drifted into fall, even the diplomatic diehards at the State Department were forced to admit that a war … 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 – Part Two

One Way Ticket To Java January 1942 was a very hectic month for the men of the 27th. It was a tough job to get the hastily crated A-24’s back into flying condition; shipped off in a hurry, some of … Continue reading

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