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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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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 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 One

Disaster in the Philippines When the alarm finally went off in 1939, the hasty scramble to re-arm could not undo the effects of decades of politically expedient budget cuts, short-sighted complacency and deliberate neglect that had eroded the Allies’ defensive … Continue reading

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Dutch Hurricanes – Too Few, Too Late

“The Hurricane was the best and fastest airplane we had. But there were too few and they came too late…” said the old Indonesian, who had served as a mechanic in the KNIL Air Arm during those fateful early months … Continue reading

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