Tag Archives: 19th Bomb Group

USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 11 – The Battle for Balikpapan heats up

The Battle for Balikpapan – Things heating up The Japanese pincer operation against Java continued, and the invasion of Balikpapan went according to plan, despite the losses suffered by the Balikpapan landing force during the night attack of January 24. … Continue reading

Posted in Dutch East Indies, Pacific War, US Army in Java 1941, US Navy WW2, USAAF in Australia, USAAF Java, USAAF Pacific | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

USAAF B-17’s in Java – Part 1 – Bombers to the Philippines – Quick!

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

Posted in Aircraft, Dutch East Indies, Pacific War, USAAF in Australia, USAAF Java, USAAF Pacific, WW2 Pacific | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

“To help an Ally in distress…”

USAAF bombers in action on Java Prior to the Japanese attacks on December 7/8 1941, there were few, if any, plans for allied defense cooperation in the Western Pacific and South-East Asia. The Dutch relied on some sort of unwritten agreement … Continue reading

Posted in Dutch East Indies, Pacific War | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment