Category Archives: WW2 Pacific

It’s nice to be appreciated

The Historical Novel Society just published a very nice review of our joint effort “Pearl Harbor and More…”  I’m proud to be one of the contributing authors! Have a look at https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/pearl-harbor-and-more-stories-of-wwii-december-1941/ Here are the Stories: Deadly Liberty by R.V. Doon: … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Seven

Darwin Feb 19, 1942 – Australia’s Pearl Harbor Before the Japanese could launch their final assault on Java, they had to capture Bali as an airbase and to cut off the Allied air supply route from Australia. To accomplish this, … 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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American Troops on Timor in 1942

“… a volunteer is a guy who forgot to step backwards with the rest…”, 2nd  lieutenant Charles H Burnside must have thought when he was asked to volunteer for a special job. He and 15 men of “B” battery, 147th … Continue reading

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