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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 Three

The 17th goes north 16 – 25 January, 1942, In the early morning of January 16, 1942, the 17th Pursuit Squadron (Provisional) left for Darwin. After a hair-raising rooftop-level buzz down Brisbane’s Queen Street, the 17 P-40’s turned north-west onto … Continue reading

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USAAF P-40’s in Java – Part Two

A journey to Australia Alarmed by the Japanese onslaught, the USAAF decided to form five provisional pursuit Squadrons to bolster the battered defences of the Philippines. These were to be the 3rd, 13th, 17th, 20th and 33rd. Pilots hardly out … Continue reading

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