Category Archives: USAAF Pacific

USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Ten

The loss of the Langley and the final curtain When USAT Monroe docked in Brisbane on January 31, 1942, she brought in 70 additional P-40’s while the SS Mariposa delivered 4000 US servicemen, including personnel of the 49th fighter group. … Continue reading

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“Pappy” Gunn, a latter day Daniel Boone

No account of the early days of the Pacific war is complete without mentioning “Pappy Gunn”, one of the most colourful characters to emerge during the early stages of the Pacific war. He left his mark on a number of … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Nine

The fate of Malaya and Singapore was sealed between February 8 and February 18, and during that time, there were no Japanese raids on Java. But it was far from a restful time for the USAAF. It was the period … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Eight

The 17th into the breach On January 25, 1942, the 17th Pursuit Squadron (Provisional) under Major Charles A Sprague, arrives at Surabaya with 12 P-40’s. It is the first USAAF pursuit squadron to arrive in Java, in a frantic effort … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Six

Confusion, chaos – and Bob Buel “…Essential you have squadron P-40’s at Darwin for operations and convoy by 13-14 February…” said a message from General Brett on February 12, 1942, confirming the confusion and chaos that now had the Allied … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Five

The Other Enemy – The Weather… USAAF officers Wagner, Mahoney, Strauss and Keenan were handling the P-40 flight training in Brisbane. On February 1, 1942, they put their commissions at risk by sending this message directly to Washington: “… have … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Four

The Bali Ambush – 20th Squadron to Java The USAT President Polk, a cargo liner pressed into service as an Army transport, sailed from San Francisco on December 18, 1941 without escort, en-route for Mindanao. As the situation in the Philippines … Continue reading

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