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December 9, 1941 -The day the British lost the air war in Malaya

Excerpt from: “A Rude Awakening” Just after midnight, when the Japanese troop ships had heaved into sight about a mile offshore, a single British 18-pounder gun had opened fire on them. Thus, one hour before the Japanese struck at Pearl … Continue reading

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453 Sqn RAAF Brewster Buffaloes in Malaya

The sad fate of No. 453 RAAF Squadron in Malaya, 1941 My research for “A Rude Awakening” yielded this extraordinary story of a freshly created RAAF squadron that lost five pilots, had seven severely wounded and went down from 16 … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes of the 1941 Malayan Campaign – 2

Author’s note: This fragment is based upon the experiences of Flight-Lieutenant Tim Vigors DFC, who was acting CO of No. 453 Sqn RAAF from December 1 until December 13, 1941. Vigors was educated at Eton and joined the RAF in … Continue reading

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