Tag Archives: Australia in WW2

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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Dutch Brewster Buffaloes in Australia

A Dutch freighter, carrying 21 crated Brewster Buffaloes, reached Tjilatjap (south Java) early March 1942. By then, the Japanese had invaded Java and, as the speed of the Japanese advance outpaced all efforts to bolster the crumbling Dutch air power, the … Continue reading

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Dornier Do-24K MLD, an update

The Royal Dutch Naval Air Service’s excellent Do-24K seaplane still attracts a lot of attention. As a result I have been able to update this blog’s Do-24K page, especially the table at the end, providing the readers with an overview of each … Continue reading

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Dutch Buffaloes over Singapore

Visiting a WW2 forum, I was stung by someone’s question why the Dutch had done so little to help the British and Australians during the hectic battle for Malaya and Singapore. Ashley Jackson, in his book “The British Empire and … Continue reading

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Hauling Bombs, Bullets, Beer – and MacArthur

Dutch Merchantmen in the early Pacific War By March 1942, the Japanese had landed on New-Guinea. The conquest of this island would allow them to dominate Australia’s northern approach routes. And a push towards New Zealand would cut off the … Continue reading

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RAAF/NZ/RAF Squadrons in Malaya 1941

Doing additional research for a forthcoming book, I am becoming more and more impressed with the deeds of the men serving in Commonwealth and NEI squadrons during the bitterly fought 55 day Malayan campaign that ended with the surrender of Singapore. Today, … Continue reading

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Swim for your life! A survivors tale…

  Sergeant Melvin O’Donoho’s survival after being shot down at Broome.  On March 3, 1942 at 09:15 at Broome Airfield, Australia, the pilot of an Air Transport Command B-24A (40-2370) was given a list of nineteen evacuees from Java to … Continue reading

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