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Battle of Britain – in perspective

A rather interesting book came across my desk: I started reading rather reluctantly because, over the years, the Battle of Britain has almost been “written to death”. Many authors have glorified it; others have tried to “debunk the myths”. I … 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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“Eagles over North-Africa…”

I sometimes stray a bit outside my “domain” in my quest for information.  Talking to a British publisher, they sent me this book and I found it well worth a review!   Having seen quite a lot of illustrated WW2 aviation … Continue reading

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The Battle for The Hague – May 10, 1940

Called ‘ The Lost Victory’ by some Dutch historians, this epic battle started in the early morning hours of May 10, 1940.  A German airfleet crossed The Netherlands under cover of darkness and, once over the North Sea, headed back towards the Dutch … Continue reading

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The “Akutan Zero”

Was it “a prize almost beyond value to the United States” and did it “much to hasten Japan’s final defeat”? Or was it a good additional source of information, confirming what was already known through diligent intelligence work and patient … Continue reading

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Fokker T-IX – the “Might Have Been…”

Fokker was quite upset by the loss of his commercial market to Douglas and the Dutch East Indies military market to Glenn Martin. In an attempt to re-coup their losses, Fokker Aircraft belatedly switched to all-metal aircraft construction. One of … Continue reading

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Good-bye Fokker…

The demise of Fokker at KLM and KNILM During the late 1920’s and the early 1930’s Fokker aircraft dominated the commercial aviation world. Both KLM and KNILM were “Fokker-Only” operators. But by 1934 Fokker aircraft had been swept from the … Continue reading

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ML KNIL Buffaloes – an addition

Various readers have asked me to include some more details on the Dutch Buffaloes. Especially the exact number used, the losses and what happened to the remaining Buffaloes after the NEI surrendered to the Japanese forces in March 1942. I have … Continue reading

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”If it flies – it goes!” – Escape from Java in a US Navy Catalina…

March 3, 1942. ‘Now what the heck is this? Dutch Navy Lieutenant Rijnders exclaimed. He could not believe his eyes. It was “Boat #3” a PBY-4, abandoned by US Navy squadron VP-101 when they tried to evacuate the commander of … Continue reading

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“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

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